Bertha Nell Collins

February  11th, 1943 May  6th, 2024
San Jose, California
Bertha Nell Collins

Your presence we miss, your memory we treasure, loving you always, forgetting you never.”


On Monday May 6th, 2024, at 81 years of age, Bertha Nell Collins transitioned after a long battle with cancer in San Jose, California. 

Bertha Nell Collins was born on February 11th, 1943 in Anniston, Alabama. She was the second child of Horace and Elizabeth Jackson. Bertha had one older brother named Horace. At 11 years of age, she moved to the Lakeview neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Bertha attended Aptos Jr. High School and George Washington High School where she forged friendships of a lifetime.

At 18 years old, she married Thomas Reuben Collins. They welcomed their first child Vicki Lynn in 1961. In 1962, they welcomed their son Anthony David. Throughout her life, Bertha greatly influenced loved ones with her contagious positivity and beautiful social charm. She was known to be the heart and soul of the party, and an avid sports fan.

In 1989, she re-located to South Lake Tahoe. In 2004, she moved to San Jose to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Throughout the later half of her life, Bertha dedicated much of her time to her four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren who she cherished dearly. Bertha also had a significant impact on the lives of many other children during her time as a Yard Duty Officer in public schools across South San Jose. 

Bertha is survived by her two children: Vicki Collins and Anthony Collins. Four grandchildren: Ryan Collins,
Désirée Collins, Kaitlyn Collins, and Eboni Collins. And two great-grandchildren: Kaleb Collins and Maya Collins. 

Bertha is preceded by her mother Elizabeth Jackson, her father Horace Jackson, and her brother Horace Jackson. 


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May 21, 2024
😥💐🙏Auntie Bertha I will never forget you. I have good memories of You. You was always around us. I Remember when Uncle Thomas playing on the Streets Of San Francisco. You at peace now. Sending my Condolences To Family. Love You and continue To Rest In Paradise 😘
Beverly Gill
May 19, 2024
To my family
Growing up together was the best part of my life. Knowing every weekend (and if we were lucky, some times during the week) we would be able to see each other was the highlight for me. The togetherness was unmatched. The Andersons, Broussards and Collins (A,B,C’s) was the backdrop of our lives. Auntie Bertha making enchiladas on Friday nights. Betty having a fish fry on Saturdays and I honestly don’t remember what my mom made in particular, but I know it was good. Auntie Bertha and Uncle Thomas taking us to the Brand new McDonalds on Ocean ave. Auntie Bertha having Easter egg hunts in their backyard, was absolutely the best. Her nurturing soul and the calm way she approached situations will always be appreciated by me. If you were fortunate enough to have been nurtured by her, consider yourself lucky cause ladies like her are rare.
Rest well my dear Auntie, you are now amongst the best! Love 💕 you much!
Pam Broussard
May 18, 2024
To the Collins family,
I am sending my condolences. Aunt Bertha will be missed. I loved her. She will be missed.
Take care.
Love forever,
Thomas Ray Collins
Thomas Collins
May 16, 2024
My deepest condolences and prayers to you and your loved ones. Your mother had a beautiful soul and will be truly missed by all!!
Good times at Marie Calendars😊
Rest In Peace 🌹🌹🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Thomas Family
Thomas Family
May 15, 2024
I Love You So Much Auntie , You Back With Grandma Now , And I Love That For Y’all…Get Your Rest My Baby..Love You Forever & After.💜🥺🙏🏾
Dominique Nisby
May 15, 2024
Ms Bertha. We’re gonna miss you much. Such a sweetheart….saw you last at my mom 80th birthday party and you looked great! My sincere condolences to Vicki and Anthony…..we lost a good one🙏🏾🌹🙏🏾❤️🙏🏾
Valerie Brown
May 15, 2024
I meet this Woman when I was 5 years old and this was who I wanted as a mom. She was one of my other MOMS. She helped me when I never felt like I felt like I fit in. Momma Bert I Love You
Deniese Broughton
May 14, 2024
My deepest condolences to the family. Bertha was a long time friend of my parents, Johnnie(Bobo) and Betty Henderson. The 3 of them together would reminisce over Johnnie Walker and Wine. Bertha could always get my dad to cook for everybody. When my parents moved to heaven she would call and check on us. She will always be in our hearts.
Love Lanida
Lanida Patton Green
May 14, 2024
Auntie, you (and the whole family) forever play a part in the best childhood a person could hope for. Vicki and Anthony, we love you and our prayers are with you during this difficult time and always!
Yolanda Harden
May 14, 2024
Auntie Bertha was a wonderful woman. Throughout my childhood, Auntie Bertha would graciously care for me and Eboni. She always greeted us with a big smile, making her presence warm and inviting. She was an extension of our family and I will always appreciate her contribution in making my childhood so memorable. The Holland Family will forever cherish her kind soul. 🤍
Lauryn Holland

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