Obituary – Yolanda Rae Collins-Piper

Yolanda Collins-Piper
Yolanda Rae Collins-Piper, age 65, died around 2:00AM on Monday, May 4, 2015, from a sudden massive heart attack, at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, California. Yolanda had been confined to a long-term nursing care facility for several years, where she was lovingly cared for and attended by her niece, Nichole D. Nears-Seals, for over fourteen (14) years.
Yolanda was born November 7, 1949, in Berkeley, California. She was christened and baptized at Greater Cooper African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Oakland, California. Yolanda recognized at an early age that she wanted to actively serve God and try to help those around her in need. Immediately upon graduation from Castlemont High School in Oakland, California in 1968, she began nursing school, becoming a successful Licensed Vocational Nurse serving Alameda and Solano Counties for over 30 years.
Yolanda is survived by her only child, Terrance (Terry) Jerome Blackman, son-law Jeffrey Brueher, younger sister Deborah A. Collins-Nears, nieces Nichole D. Nears-Seals, Dena J. Bigelow, Shiral D. Fane, Alicia (Lisa) Jenkins, Angela Kelley and Angielyn Desamito-Nears; nephews Ernest L. Bigelow, Jr., Frank Bigelow and Phillip W. Nears, cousins Lionel Robinson, ​Nikita Collins, Gerald Collins, Tony Collins, Suzanne Collins, ​Lionel Dunbar, Courtney Dunbar and Christopher Dunbar, Tina Harper, Sharon Harper, Maurice Harper, David Ed Harper, Carmen Harper and maternal Aunt Judy Harper of Jonesville, Louisiana; and numerous great nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles,  etc. 
Yolanda was preceded in death by her parents, Rafe Collins, Jr. and Alice Lee Monroe-Collins, her eldest sister Shirley Rose Collins Bigelow-Robinson, Aunt Francis Robinson-Session, Uncle Bruce Robinson, and Uncle Willie and Aunt Josie Collins, all from Oakland, California (via Jonesville, Louisiana); maternal grandparents Mary Ellen Day of Jonesville, Louisiana and Harold Monroe of Ferriday, Louisiana, and paternal grandparents Rafe Collins, Sr. and Sarah Jennings-Collins of Jonesville.

Funeral Service Will Be Held: 

Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 1:00PM 

West Fresno Christian Center
2120 S. Thorne Avenue
Fresno, CA 93706 

Officiated by James E. Parks, Pastor
Phone: (559) 233-3273

Cremation services were held at C. P. Bannon Mortuary in Oakland, CA. 

The family will receive guests immediately after the funeral service at the home of Anthony and Shiral Fane in Fresno, California. 

American Heart Association of the Greater Bay Area

Contributions in memory of Yolanda Rae Collins-Piper may be made to the American Heart Association of the Greater Bay Area. Please follow this link ​to make a​n online ​donation

​​To send a donation: Make all checks payable to: American Heart/American Stroke Association. Mail to: Deborah Collins-Nears, 3699 Micah Court, Ellenwood, GA 30294-6223. 

Home Coming Memorial for Yolanda Rae Collins-Piper

Fond Farewell

Miss me – but let me go.

When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me,
I want no tears in a gloom filled room. 

Why cry for a soul set free? 

Miss me a little but not too long and not with your head bowed low, 
Remember the love that we once shared. 

Miss me – but let me go. 

For this journey we all must take and each must go alone. 

It is all part of God's plan, A step on the road to home.

~ by Anonymous












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