Catherine F. (Murphy) Collins, 98, of Brewster died June 8 at Cape Cod Hospital. She leaves family in Sandwich.
Born and raised in Cork, Ireland, she was the daughter of John and Julia (Deasy) Murphy.
She was the wife of John Collins, who died in 2001.
In 1956 she came to the US and settled in Framingham, where she raised her family with her husband. During these years, the family summered in Brewster, where they would eventually become year-round residents in 1981.
Known as Kitty, Ms. Collins lived in Brewster for 38 years.
Her life of service to others was demonstrated through volunteerism: at Wingate Nursing Home, as a member of the Order of St. Franciscans and as a parishioner at Our Lady of the Cape, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister. At Our Lady of the Cape, she also volunteered in the thrift store for 32 years and was a member of the Ladies Guild.
One of her many hobbies was baking, and over the years she became known for her lemon squares and Christmas cakes, baked for many church fairs and bake sales. She adored music, especially opera.
She loved to travel, spending time Italy, Germany, and Hawaii, and at the age of 90, set off to tour the Greek Isles. A lifelong adventurer, at age 86, she hiked the Diamond Head Crater Trail in Honolulu, Hawaii, and recently flew a plane with some younger friends out of Chatham airport.
She leaves her children, Donal Collins of Haymarket, Virginia, Hilary Weisgerber of Agawam, and Claire Flynn of Sandwich; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and other family.
Visiting hours will take place on Thursday, June 13, from 4 to 7 PM at Doane, Beal and Ames, 729 Route 134, South Dennis.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 14, at 11 AM at Our Lady of the Cape, 468 Stony Brook Road in Brewster.