Edna was an animal and bird lover and had several pets over the years. She was very fond of feeding the birds that would visit her home in Middleton. She got great joy from saving 'her' quail and pheasants from occasional hawks that came for a meal.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, brother, Jack Collins Jr., and sister, Debra Star Wofford. She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Rae Emsweller and her husband, Dan, their children Ann Elizabeth and Katherine Rae, and Michelle and Dan's grandchildren, her son, Richard Charles Dickens, and his children, Michael Charles Dickens, and Amber Marie Dickens, surviving siblings are Margie Hallman and husband, Ukie, Grace Bottoma, Kathy Foley and husband, Rick, Dixie Davis and husband, Chester, Joan Collins, Pam Patton, Roger Collins and wife Patsy, and Pete Collins, all of which reside in North Carolina. Services will be held later in North Carolina