Norma “Mimi” Collins


December 17, 2019 - 10:07 AM

Norma Louise Collins (Mimi), of West Des Moines, Iowa, loving wife and mother passed away, at the age of 75, on Friday, Dec.13, 2019, at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.

Norma was born Jan. 4, 1944, in Winfield, to James and Minnie (Jackson) May. She met her husband, Harry, in Iola, and after they were married in March of 1959, they moved to Kansas City, Mo., where they were blessed to have four children. Together they lived in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Iowa where they made many special friends. Norma worked for JC Penney in the office and as a sales associate until she retired. Norma’s passion was always for her family. She loved spending time with family and friends. Norma enjoyed reading, playing cards, board games, word puzzles, golfing, and playing Mahjong. She is lovingly referred to as Mimi and was known for her smile, and her kind and compassionate spirit.

Norma is survived by her husband of 60 years, Harry; her children, Terry (Gloria) Collins, Amanda (Bill) Switzer, Melissa (Greg) Wray and Rebecca (Ronald) Gray; grandchildren Adam (Ashley) Collins, Ryan (Jenni) Collins, Alex Ulfe, Cassie Ulfe, Brett Collins and Jonathon Gray; great-grandchildren, Braiden Seuferer and Harrison Collins; siblings, Marti Reida, Judy Sloan, and Larry May; and many more beloved family. Norma was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter, Christina, and siblings, Bob, Betty, Beverly, Carol, David, Marion and Jimmy, and son-in-law, Bill.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at McLaren’s Funeral Chapel in Des Moines. A Celebration of Life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel. An inurnment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to The Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. For expressions of sympathy please visit for the Collins family.


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