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Izola Ethel Fedford Collins

Izola Ethel Fedford Collins was born in the family home in Galveston, Texas on October 26, 1929, educated in the Galveston school system. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Prairie View A&M University and her Masters of Music degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
  She organized and directed three school bands, in Bay City, Hitchcock, and Galveston Catholic.  Retiring from Galveston I.S.D. as an award-winning choir director, she then was elected city-wide to the GISD Board of Trustees, and served nine years, the last, as president. Mrs. Collins has written articles published in the "Southwestern Musician" (Texas Music Educators Association), "Fanfare" (School of Music of Northwestern University), the story of St. Mary's Hospital in Galveston, poems in "The National Library of Poetry", and is the author of "Island of Color: Where Juneteenth Started", as well as two poetry books, "Divine Light Never Fails" and "I Know That's Right" and a children's book, "Pip, Squeak and Zoom". 
She was married to Roy Lester Collins, Jr., now deceased, and is the mother of three children, June, Roy III, and Cheryl, who have given them eight grandchildren.
  In June 2011, Mrs. Collins was honored at Miller Outdoor Theater by Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, with a proclamation of June 19, 2011 as "Izola Ethel Fedford Collins Day" in Houston, "for her contribution to our region's cultural history".

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