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Jaqueline Sayles Collins, 53, co-founder of the Coit Street Playground, died Sunday (May 18, 2003) in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a lengthy illness.

Born in Buffalo and known as Jackie, she graduated from Fosdick-Masten Girls Vocational High School, where she studied cosmetology.

She attended Buffalo State College in 1969 and then went to work as an operator for New York Telephone. She also worked as a house mother at Ingleside Home for Girls, in security at R.I. Harbin Security and as supervisor of housekeeping for Hotel Lennox, Quality Inn and Adam's Mark Hotel.

Mrs. Collins loved participating in basketball, tennis, bowling, badminton, softball and roller skating. She was a member of the Buffalo Gun Club and loved bingo and going to casinos. She and several friends formed the 50s Girls Club.

Her husband, Larry, died in 1999.

Survivors include a daughter, Rachel of Buffalo; a son, Lawrence of Martinsville, Va.; two sisters, Mary Blue and Dawn Sayles, and four brothers, William C. Crawford, Eddie Sayles, Carlton Sayles and Conley Sayles, all of Buffalo; and a granddaughter.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Antioch Baptist Church, 1327 Fillmore Ave. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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