Deanie was born in Fairport, on Feb. 23, 1937, to Gladys and Stewart Sherard two years before her brother Col. Stewart Sherard (U.S. Army Ret.). Brother Stu still holds the West Point free throw percentage record. Deanie lived most of her life in the state of Missouri until she married Gordon Collins in 1997 and moved to Wooster. Deanie fell in love with Wooster and with The College of Wooster -- its chorus, its men's basketball team, its men's tennis team and the loveliness of the campus. She had many friends at the Coccia House, Morefield Pottery, Buehler's and other establishments in downtown Wooster. While she only lived in Wooster 15 years, she made dozens, maybe even hundreds, of friends over those years.
Deanie contracted polio at the age of 9 and spent over a year in a full body brace. But, by learning to tap dance and ball room dance she recovered and became a high school beauty queen and the Marshall High School drum majorette.
Deanie taught high school physical education and business in the Kansas City area for a number of years and raised a family of four children. These four children are Dr. Kurt Kavanaugh and his wife, Stephanie, Kent Kavanaugh and his wife, Donna, Dr. Kirby Kavanaugh and Kelly Kavanaugh (deceased).
In addition to raising these successful children, Deanie was the quintessential believer that "everything is up to date in Kansas City," and she helped to make it so. She helped to make it the "City of Fountains," and she was a major player in making the "Northland Boom." She loved Kansas City first as she came to love Wooster!
Deanie also had a number of grandchildren whom she loved dearly: Katie, Tyler, Matthew, Molly, Madison and McKenzie. Plus she has almost more step grandchildren than you can mention but they will be mentioned anyway: Andrea, Melissa, Kailee, Kiera, Kasey and Megan; and, finally, one great-grandson, Karson. Finally, there are two special "adopted" children in Deanie and her husband, Gordon's, life: Dr. Dan Jones and Ms. Kate Dolan.
Those who loved Deanie and wish to celebrate her life may memorialize her by contributing to the Deanie Collins Dance Scholarship in the Department of Dance at The College of Wooster, c/o Department of Development, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio 44691.
There will be two memorial celebrations of Deanie's life at a later date to be determined. One at The College of Wooster and one in Kansas City. Online tributes may be made at www.RobertsFuneralHome.com.
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