COLLINS, Susie Lee

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Last Name
Given Names
Susie Lee
Better known as
Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
Residence (US)
Los Angeles, California 90011
Residence (JT)
Cottage 05
Residence (JT) Abbreviated
Information on __Source of Death
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Body Identification Number
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
houseworker (PT occupation record); retired
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
Government Income
Entry in Guyana
Occupation at __Jonestown
Birth Mother
Birth Father
Willieater Thomas*
Non-Temple Relatives
Family Tree
Sibling is 60 years younger...
“Grandmother I'm hurt to know that you had to endure anything that was not of your desire. I know that you were strong. Now with the sharing of Ms. Kathryn Barbour I can get closure to alot of my questions. I rejoice in getting this information but saddened that your daughters are not here. I imagine that you got to share with them yourself. REST IN ETERNAL PEACE Love Brendan's ” - Brenda Mathews

“Dear Susie Collins was as sweet and gentle a grandmother as could be imagined, who I remember seeing in the congregation for many years. Did she have family members in Jonestown with her? She was one of our singles, and is supposedly the sister of WilleAter "Willie" Thomas, a high school student, but the difference between their ages (60 years) makes that unlikely. So the search goes on for others who may have been related to her, among those who died. In Jonestown, Susie worked in the laundry. There might have been machines. Edith Roller writes often of having to borrow a tub to do her laundry. Possibly the laundry handled clothing for the seniors, clinic and the nursery, and for those who couldn't wash their own clothes due to mobility or other issues, but that's a guess. I know there were not that many laundry workers, so maybe they did have some machines. Additionally, shortages of everything, including clothing, meant many did their own laundry so that they could keep close tabs on their clothes. That Susie showed grace and forbearance under the pressure I don't doubt. I'm sure she did her best to raise spirits of those around her, and protect them when she could. Her entrapment, trafficking, betrayal and untimely end are a never-ending pain. May she forever Rest in Peace, with the angels, in eternal love. ” - Kathryn Barbour