Paisley Joyce Collins, 2, known as “PayPay” to so many, was born June 12, 2014, in Springfield, Mo., to Tyson and Sarah (Fraser) Collins. She left this world to meet Jesus on Aug. 1, 2016, in her mommy and daddy’s arms in Memphis, Tenn.
PayPay was a special soul who loved her family. She loved her mommy and daddy, big sister, Bryley, and was so excited to meet her new baby brother, Reed, but never got the chance. She thought the world of her papas, grandmas, aunts and uncles and cousins. She was the most caring, compassionate and loving little girl.
She loved to be outside playing with her sissy, cows and puppy dog. She liked to swing and blow bubbles just as most little girls do. Her blanket named “mammy” and stuffed animal named “ducky” never left her side. Her most favorite thing was to be rocked as her mommy hummed, “What Child Is This.”
Paisley had a full life ahead of her but was diagnosed with an extremely rare type of cancer on Nov. 30, 2015. By Jan. 5, 2016, she was in remission and beating the cancer. She was excelling through her cancer treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and was set to go home in June, but at the end of April developed a viral infection that ultimately took her little life.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Winfred Collins, James Skiles and Ray and Patricia Fraser; her great-uncle, Patrick Fraser; and her great-aunt, Mary Jo Fraser.
Paisley is survived by her mommy and daddy, her big sissy, Bryley, and her new baby brother, Reed, all of the home in Rogersville, Mo.; her grandparents, Mike and Tammy Collins of Willow Springs, Mo., Larry and Janie Giddens of Houston, Mo., and Mike Fraser and Tenley Hanson of Rogersville, Mo.; her great-grandparents, Lillian Collins of Willow Springs, Mo., Ruby Skiles of Dora, Mo., and B.H. and Cleo Craft of Huntsville, Mo.; her uncles and aunts, Kem and Ashley Collins and Luke and Hannah Fraser; and her cousins, Dawson, Miles, Gavin and Abel.
Thousands grew to love Sweet Paisley. In her two short years she touched more lives than most will ever in their 80 years. Her personality was magnetic, and you couldn’t help but get a smile on your face just by being around her. Her mommy and daddy believe she was an angel sent from God to bless all of our lives and teach us what faith, courage, and true happiness is all about.
Services were 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at the Houston United Methodist Church with Pastors Don Hamby, Doug Brower and Terry Lippstreu officiating. Burial was in Inman Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Kem Collins, Luke Fraser, Joel Hicks, Jerod Hicks, Matt Peterson and Alvie Brewer.
The family respectfully suggests that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Paisley Collins Memorial Fund c/o Landmark Bank (the Paisley Memorial Fund will go to local families that have a child with cancer, to assist in non medical expenses.) or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To send an online condolence to the family, please go to www.evansfh.com.