“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.” — Psalm 143:8



Summer Jean Collins, 24, joined the angels in Heaven to dance eternally on August 5. Though it feels she left earth too soon, the years she lived here left a beautiful impact. Born in Medford, Oregon on September 16, 1995 to Cary and Shannon Collins, Summer was a radiant light in the lives of her family of four siblings from birth.

In school, Summer thrived in education, leadership, and had a heart for activism. Her hard work in athletics earned her a full scholarship to Kansas University where she played on the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Tennis Team. Summer was loved by her coaches and teammates.

Over the past three years Summer has integrated her passion for life into the people and community of Central Oregon. A lust for outdoor adventure, she could always be found exploring her beloved Sisters wilderness and Cascade Lakes with her dog Banjo, with friends snowboarding Hoodoo and Mt. Bachelor, teaching tennis, and serving drinks, hugs, and smiles in the Bend and Sisters communities.

Summer was a beautiful soul who sowed kindness and love in the lives of everyone she came across. Those seeds she planted will continue to blossom and bless all she touched.

Summer is survived by her beloved Jordan Wellman, her parents Cary and Shannon, and siblings Hillary, Courtney, and Josiah.

A celebration of life will take place at the Sisters home of her grandparents, Jim and Barbara Hamilton, on Thursday, August 13, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in Summer’s honor to a Central Oregon animal rights or rescue organization of choice.



“You are altogether beautiful my love, there is no flaw in you.” — Song of Solomon 4:7