Mattie Collins was born March 14, 1934 to Mr. and Mrs. Flenoia and Annie Mae Collins in Houston, MS. Affectionately known as Brooksie, she accepted Christ at an early age. She graduated from Houston High School in 1952. She married the love of her life Reabert Buggs on May 5, 1963. They left Mississippi and moved to Indiana in 1967. Shortly after, they joined Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. J.C. Wade, Jr. where she remained a faithful member until she became ill.
Brooksie was a homemaker and dedicated her time to her church and to her family.
She was the neighborhood babysitter. Brooksie welcomed many children into her home and took care of them like they were her own. She was also a member in various ministries in the church. She joined the Celestial Choir, Senior Saints Choir, Usher Board Ministry, Nurses Ministry, Boys Scouts, Vacation Bible School Committee, Pastor’s Boosters Ministry, ZYA, and the Funeral Repast Committee. She was also a member of the women’s improvement club, president and member of PTA at her children’s schools.
On August 15, 2018 at 12:32PM, Brooksie left her earthly body for her heavenly home. She was preceded in death by her parents Flenoia and Annie Mae Collins; siblings Mitch Collins, Dorothy Hambric, and Nellie Richards and her loving husband of 43 years Reabert Buggs.
She leaves to cherish her loving daughter and caregiver Donna Buggs of Kenosha, WI; daughters Debra Conley of Michigan City, IN and Robyn (Ryan) Bardney of East Chicago, IN; grandchildren Victuria (Steve) Townes of Fort Wayne, IN, Deandre Bullock of East Chicago, IN, Paris Dunn of Nashville, TN, Brittany Moton of Montgomery, AL, Abrea Snow and Terrell Bardney of East Chicago, IN; great-grandsons Kyle, Amir, Dailyn, Xamir, and Sebastian; siblings Odell Tate, Willie Collins, and Mary Louise Clopton all of St. Louis, MO; godchildren Jasmine Randolph and Samantha Scasny; special family and friends Shirley and Kenneth Buggs, Patsy Jones, James Marshall Buggs, Reahan Craig, Brion Denham, Donyell Moton, Jr., Keshawn Thomas, Ryan Cooper, Sharon Scott, Darlene King, Margie Green, Florence Jones, Maxine Lloyd, Jacquis Cameron, Mary and Marshall Frazier, Lythia and Eric Bland, Gary Scasny, Nadean Hawkins, Eula Woods, Rebecca Harris, Dorothy Smith, Nettie Collins, Mary Riddle, Clara Olds, Sheral Brooks, and a host of other friends and family.