Elizabeth Jane Merrill Collier

Born on October 30, 1947

Departed on April 28, 2018 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Elizabeth Jane Merrill Collier, born October 30, 1947 in Nashville, TN. Jane passed away April 28, 2018 at St. Thomas Hospital.
Jane is survived by her loving husband, Glynn Edward Collier of 42 years, and loving daughters, Dawn Collier Taylor (Chris Wall), Lynn Collier Trigg (Donnie Smith), Renae Collier Purdy; grandchildren, Meagan Elizabeth Pennycuff (Chase), Adam Glynn Trigg (Sidney Baker), Anna Grace and Collier Alan Purdy; brother, William Franklin Merrill (Debbie); nephew, William Paul Merrill (Julie); cousin Mary Coleman; special friends, Robbie Taylor, Nancy Parnell, Pattie Asbill; parents, Ralph Way and Louise Zimmerle Merrill.

Preceded in death by paternal grandparents; William Franklin and Evanalene Way Merrill; maternal grandparents, Louis and Louisa Heim Zimmerle.

Jane graduated from Hillwood High School and from Aquinas College with an RN degree in Nursing. She retired from St. Thomas Hospital West after 46 years of dedicated service.
Jane enjoyed time with her family and friends, card games, sewing, quilting, traveling, trying new foods, antiquing, reading and TV.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2018 at West Harpeth Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at West Harpeth Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, PO Box 78545, Nashville, TN 37207.

11 Comments to Elizabeth Jane Merrill Collier

  1. Lynn Trigg
    April 30, 2018 11:45 pm

    What a terrific mother, grandmother, sister, wife and friend. Jane, I still cannot believe you are gone. Walking into your house today and not seeing you sitting in your chair watching a cooking show, it’s just so sad. And watching Daddy stay busy so he does not feel the pain of losing you is tough. The grandkids not having their Nanny Jane to play cards with, and take them shopping, and enjoy great restaurants …how in the world are we going to get use to this, feels so empty already. But I know you would say “Oh Brother”, or “Bite Me” with your cute smile and that makes me smile. And thinking of the 42 years that you made Daddy so happy makes me smile. We were so lucky to have you as our mother and the grandkids definitely hit the jackpot with you as their grandmother. We will all miss you but are so grateful for the wonderful memories of you. Love you always, Lynn PS…help me beat the guys at Skip Bo and Five Crowns next time we play 🙂

  2. Diane Hinds
    May 1, 2018 3:13 am

    Your description of your mom is pretty right on! What I loved the most about Jane was her sense of humor and her ability to make everyone feel comfortable in her presence. I was not aware of your mom’s illness and for that I am sad. Jane was a lovely woman and a terrific nurse. She will always hold a special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Bettie Johnston Lawrence
    May 1, 2018 10:51 am

    Oh how I loved Jane work with her at the old St Thomas.
    I have so many great memories of our working 11-7. A patient stab her in the arm one night. We both got food poisoning one night. We travel to Florida together had so much fun laughing. We could shop till we dropped!! She help me plan my wedding. Her mother did our reception!!
    I lost touch with her and found her through friends of St Thomas.. We talked on FB. Was so happy to be in touch.
    She was a wonderful person. And I know she will be missed
    Wish I could come we live in Ft Walton Beach FL now.!! Sending prayers for her family!!

  4. Lauri Nwaigwe
    May 1, 2018 1:22 pm

    To know Jane was to love her. Jane was special in her on way, didn’t mind doing for you or LOL feeding you and loved to eat herself. She will be truly missed. Glynn and family know that it takes time to heal from your loss, allow God to comfort you when you most need it; it may be in a song, a scripture, looking at photos, playing one of Jane’s favorite games or just reminiscing about the past. Let her spirit live on in you. May God bless you and keep you.

  5. Debbie Morgan (sistah)
    May 2, 2018 5:13 am

    Oh how the angels must be laughing! Janie has such a with and she was always making everybody around her smile. The breeze you feel now will be their wings flutter at one of her jokes. I am so sad at the loss of a wonderful friend. Much love to you all!!

  6. Thelma Clark
    May 2, 2018 4:21 pm

    Jane was such a loving and giving person. Jane was always making you smile even when you are having a bad day.I worked with her for many years, one of her favorite song I can only imagine, she is now resting in the arms of Jesus no longer imagining. Much Prayers , thoughts and sympathy for her family…

  7. Helen Riddle Williams
    May 3, 2018 7:17 am

    A beautiful lady who took me in as her family from day one! She had an amazing love for people and a kind spirit. Her sense of humor was over the top. I will sure miss mine and her chats while we indulged in our bad habit. Test peaceful sweet friend 🙏.

  8. Beverly Mason
    May 3, 2018 10:21 am

    Jane was One of A Kind! So loving and a precious soul. She loved Glynn Collier with all her heart. Dawn, Lynn and Renae received her love and care from the first day they met her. She was very special to our family and will always hold a special place in my heart

  9. Lori Martineau
    May 4, 2018 6:54 pm

    Renae sent me a link, but it said only family was included in service. I just saw this link. So sorry! I would have been there for Sweet Jane and your beautiful family!!! Sending love and prayers, and I’m praying for peace for your precious daddy. Love you all!!

  10. Giggie Collier
    May 30, 2018 11:48 pm

    I am so sad to find out that my wonderful cousin has passed away. Jane was a light to all of us & will be greatly missed by the Collier family💜

    August 3, 2018 10:02 pm


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