Barbara (Pinder) Collins


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Barbara Collins

Key West, FL lost one of it’s children when Barbara (Pinder) Collins was called home by her Lord and Savior on the evening of September 25, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Surrounded by her daughter and daughter-in-law at their home in Lake Stevens, WA, Barbara left her earthly confines and soared pain-free to the heavens on angels’ wings.

Born in Key West on December 22, 1938, mom was a proud 6th generation Conch. Though she traveled extensively, she always looked forward to returning to her beloved island home. And she was always happy to share that she had been a member of the first class to graduate from Key West High School (1957) when it opened at its current location on Flagler Avenue.

Barbara was preceded in death by the love of her life, John Collins, Jr., her parents, Berl and Rosalie (Saunders) Pinder, and her much-adored aunt, Florence Longworth. She is survived by her daughter Cindy Tingley, daughter-in-law Sandra Herrera, best friend Susan Robinson, her beloved Chihuahua Chachy, Jr., and numerous friends and family members.

Mom loved that she had the distinction to have been the first female storekeeper for Keys Energy Services, back when it was known as the City Electric System. She began her career with the company as a budget clerk and, when she retired 20 years later, left her employment as the foreman storekeeper (another first!) for the Stock Island warehouse.

One retirement was not enough for Barbara though. After another 10 years of service, she retired again from her file clerk position with the Civil Division of the Monroe County Records Department.

Barbara had many loves in her life including her only child, Cindy, whom she was enormously proud of, her precious Chihuahuas Pepe and Chachi, who preceded her in death, and Chachy, Jr., who brought so much love and joy to the last four years of her life.

A favorite pastime was driving down Key West’s main street, Duval Street, in her 1981 Corvette (her dream car) with the music blasting.

She also loved traveling with her best friend of almost 30 years, Susan Robinson. They would often take one or two trips every year. Whether it was on cruise ships or by car, together their adventures took them to every state at least twice, except for Alaska and Hawaii, and most of the Caribbean and Central America. They loved to regale friends and family with the stories of their travels, especially the time they saved a kitten who had gotten into the engine compartment of their rental car in British Columbia!

Mom lived a full life, filled with love. Those of us left behind will always cherish the beautiful memories we have of our time spent with her.

The family wishes to send special thanks to the amazing hospice nurses who assisted our mom during her last months, including Heather from Compassionate Care in Key West, and Anna S. and Justin from Evergreen Health Hospice Care in Kirkland, WA.

Extra special thanks to Cindy’s best friend, Dominique Barrera, for the immeasurable love and support she has given to Barbara, Cindy, and Sandra while they were navigating the many months of Barbara’s illness.

Arrangements are being coordinated by Barton Family Funeral Service in Kirkland, WA and Dean Lopez Funeral Home in Key West.

Visitation will take place at Dean Lopez Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 13, from 4pm until 6pm.

Funeral services will take place at Dean Lopez on Wednesday, October 14, beginning at 1pm, with burial immediately following in the Key West Cemetery.

9 Responses to “Barbara (Pinder) Collins”

  • Lucy Canales says:

    Queridas amigas y hermana… siento en el alma la perdida de la mama de Cindy… God went out to his garden and Picked up a flower to take his home…
    I love very much to both…

  • Vicki Clark says:

    Restin peace mrs. Barber.
    Cindy and Sandra I So sorry for you loss
    I will keep you and your family and friend’s in my Prayers.

  • Sandra Pearce says:

    As the mother of my closest friend, she was happily right in the middle of our life. I never saw her mad, always smiling and laughing. She was fun! And, she made the best hamburgers I’ve ever had! She will be missed and always remembered as a huge part of one of the happiest times of my life.

  • Sandra Pearce says:

    As the mother of my closest friend, she was the one of the special people in my life. She was always happy, always smiling and laughing, and I can’t remember one time seeing her mad at anyone or about anything! She was fun! And she made the best hamburgers I’ve ever had! She will be missed, and remembered as a huge part of one of the best times of my life.

  • Maria Guerra says:

    Barbara you always made us laugh at the Monroe County switchboard 🙂 with your stories rest now my friend! Spread your wings and FLY HIGH!!!! till we meet again!

  • Thelma Atwell says:

    Barbara and I were both in the Class of 57′. I grew up just down the road from her on Washington St.

    My deepest sympathy to Barbara’s family and friends for your loss. May happy memories help through this sad time.


  • Tom Crane says:

    Barbara was a customer of mine who’s company I enjoyed very much. It was always a pleasure to see the light in her eye as we would fire up her beloved Corvette. Rest in Peace.

  • Detra Fisher says:

    Barbara always had a smile and a twinkle in her eye when she spoke. I truly enjoyed working with her at the courthouse.She shared a lot of her wisdom with us and we loved her. My deepest condolences to you Cindy, Sandra, and Susan as you all mourn the loss of your loved one, Barbara ❤️

  • Mister Vidal says:

    Miss Barbara didnt know the last time we shared laughs together that it would be our last! Although I wasnt able to be there in person, I was definitely there in spirit & prayer! May you Rest in Eternal Peace!

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