Anna Marie Dodson-Collins

Anna Marie Dodson-Collins

March 6, 1934 to May 14, 2019

What a woman!!

Ann was married to William H. Dodson for 30 years. They had five daughters whom she treasured and loved beyond measure. She spent 23 years as secretary/treasurer of Delaware Tank Corporation, the company she and Bill owned and operated. Bill and Ann also shared a love of fishing and were both licensed captains and enjoyed running the charter boat “Caprice III” for many years out of Cape May, NJ.

After Bill passed, Ann was swept away by Russell Collins and was blessed to gain a new daughter and son. Her circle of friends widened along with her interests in wildlife and hot air ballooning. It was a great time for six years, and Russ passed away, too.

Ann continued to enjoy fishing in Cape May and the Florida Keys and was blessed once again to have found companionship with Ernest Utsch. Again the family circle grew to include Ernie’s sons and daughter.

She loved fishing, fine dining and all of her friends in Cape May and Key Colony FL. Ann loved to shop all year long but especially at Christmas. Mom loved Christmas more than anyone we know. Her joy was to see the surprise on our faces.

Ann was predeceased by her parents, Anna Marie Buchanan (née McGee) and Edward and Loretta Buchanan; her husbands, William Dodson and Russell Collins; companion, Ernie Utsch; sister, Mary C. Buchanan; and grandchildren, Patrick Gordon and Megan Moody.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan Gordon, Ann Kitchen, Debbie Coleman, Linda Mele, Rose Killian, and Loretta Axelsson; son, Russell Collins; sister, Teresa McManus; brother, Edward Buchanan; twenty-three grandchildren and six great grandchildren; and three nieces and a nephew.

We are sure she is now fishing in heaven so ... Dear St. Peter, come down to the sea and put a fish on the hook for me!

A visitation will be held on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. with a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church, 455 Bow St, Elkton, MD 21921. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a contribution to your favorite charity.


Submitted by Janice Utsch on
We were both shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Anne's passing. She was a wonderful companion to Dad, and brought lots of joy to our family. Anne will be greatly missed. Our sincere sympathy to all of her family.

Submitted by Crista Bateman on
Our hearts go out to all of Ann’s loving family. What a blessing to have known her!!! She was a dear friend to my mother, Virginia Dillon and was incredibly kind to my children and me❤️. She fished with my dad and we knew immediately a true Irish friendship had begun!!! It won’t be long before they find keepers in Heaven. Such a fine family you all are. I loved the stories and I know she loved her tribe in the best way, the biggest way. Lots of love and hugs, Crista Dillon Bateman

Submitted by Sharon Allen on
Extending our deepest condolences to Ann's family. May the God and Father of our Lord Christ Jesus be with you to comfort you through this difficult time. May your precious memories bring you peace as we await the day when we embrace our loved ones again. John 6:40. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Submitted by Patricia Oscarsson on
Anne was a wonderful lady and a good friend. She was loved by many and will be missed by all. It is impossible to believe that we spoke just a couple of weeks ago making plans for the summer. It was a pleasure and a privilege to know her. My heart goes out to her lovely family. You are all in my prayers.

Submitted by Judi Brubaker on
Loretta, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Anna took several of my Healthy Options exercise classes, and she was always such a delight to have in class. She was one of the nicest, happiest people I knew. I did not know she was your Mom, but I see the resemblance in your beauty and personality. She will be greatly missed.