Elspeth S. Collins, known as Ellie to her friends, passed away July 29, 2019, with her family and caregiver Sherry by her side.

Born Jan. 15,1956, in Springfield, Vt., to George P Collins and Arline Davidson Collins, a medical emergency at birth left her severely mentally and physically handicapped.

As a young child she enjoyed life with her family at home in Bristol, N.H. Her parents made sure she was included in all family activities. Her dad built whatever was needed to enable her to participate. A special sled to pull her in the winter while the family snowshoed, a covered wagon trailer where she could play and be safe camping in the White Mountains and always in her wheelchair among the neighborhood kids.

When her family could no longer care for her many health problems, she moved into a facility that could. Soon after her folks moved to Maine in the early 1990s, she moved to the Katherine Brown Home in Hope. She enjoyed her life with love and laughter.

Ellie was a kind, gentle, loving person who enjoyed pulling pranks. She will be missed by her family, friends and the Katherine Brown staff.

Predeceased by her parents, she leaves her brother George and his wife, Beth; sister Pam Collins White and husband Kevin; niece Hillary Thibodeau and husband Wayne; nephew Joseph White and wife Lindsey; grand-nieces Georgia and Jacqueline Thibodeau; and grand-nephews Thomas and Theodore White.

The family would like to extend sincere thanks to Joe Curll, director of Coastal Opportunities, Sherry Hilt, director of the Katherine Brown Home and all the staff of Katherine Brown. The love, kindness and care they shared with Ellie will not be forgotten.