Theresa Collins Obituary
November 20, 1978 - April 21, 2017
Born in Santa Cruz, California
Resided in Anchorage, AK
At a young age, she had an inherent ability to make friends wherever she went, always making people feel comfortable and important. That attribute would continue to be a main philosophy throughout her life. Having an infectious funny personality, she attracted people from all walks of life. Never one to discriminate or exclude anyone, she was at her best bringing people together.
As a spirited spunky teenager, she had an experience that put her integrity to the test. In true Theresa style, she made a conscious decision to better herself and the trajectory of her life. She became a role model for younger girls/women to help them realize their own potential and self-worth. She devoted herself to making this world a better place, and with her determined perseverance, she accomplished just that.
Throughout her employment, she gained a culmination of varied skills, mainly her management experience, which proved extremely useful in recent years. As a voice for our community, she became a pioneer for the Alaska marijuana movement. She started the first marijuana club "Pot Luck Events," a venue for people to embark on a new venture. Knowing her efforts personally made a tangible difference in others' lives, she had found her calling. She laid the groundwork and had an extensive roadmap for her and the future of the community that supported her, but it seemed God had another direction for her to travel.
She was diagnosed with stage 4B cervical cancer in September 2016. Once again showing grace, integrity and courage in the face of distress and hardship with an unknown future. Without hesitation, she took cancer head on, becoming the family's beacon of hope and inspiration. Where others would normally fall apart, she dug her heels in and gave cancer a run for its money. Her family was told by her doctor that Theresa was the first patient she actually had to "wait in line" to see because there were so many people visiting her in the hospital. Her team of doctors loved her positive mindset and continued to help support her decision in attempting to win the battle. A true testament to her beautiful spirit where actions were what made differences.
Although she lost her battle, the family wants people to take comfort knowing she is no longer suffering and is able to smile down on all of us.
A Celebration of Life will be held on April 29, 2017, from 12-4 p.m., at Pot Luck Events, 420 West 3rd Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska. Donations can be made to her Memorial Fund at AK USA #4587293, payable to Paula Collins
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