Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I didn’t even know she was sick

leslie collins

Leslie Alig Collins was one of my best correspondents when I was chief of the Metro North Bureau of The Indianapolis News from the mid-1980s to the mid-‘90s.

Her copy was always exceptionally clean and usually needed little or no editing as she covered stories in her hometown of Zionsville and in the county seat of Lebanon, Ind.

She was a Facebook friend in recent years, but I never saw a clue that she was ill with cancer.

So it was like a slap in the face this morning when I got an email from Indianapolis News colleague Art Harris telling me she died Monday morning.

Art got the news from former Boone County Commissioner Wendy Brant and passed it on. Wendy wrote, “The cancer was throughout her body - kidney failure. She was a strong Christian and told me recently she was not afraid to die. The funeral is at Zionsville Fellowship this Friday.”

Godspeed, Leslie, until we meet again.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Leslie was a friend from many years ago. I found out about her death when I was searching the internet to try and reconnect. Such heartache when I read she had passed away. I knew her when she was married to "Moose" and our daughters played together in Zionsville. She was kind, loving, giving and fun. I am sorry I didn't make the attempt years ago. Rest in peace sweet friend.