In Memory of




Obituary for Melanie Heston Collins

Melanie Heston Collins, 75, of Florahome, passed peacefully from this life on Sunday, October 22, 2023 at her home following a short illness. She was a native of Jacksonville and had lived in Florahome since 1980. Melanie was a 1966 graduate of Englewood High School. She later earned an associate degree from Jacksonville University and completed her bachelor's degree in nursing in 2000 from the University of Central Florida. Melanie was a certified Hospice Palliative Care Nurse and Oncology Nurse. She worked with Haven Hospice from 1986-2004 and was the very first hospice nurse in Putnam County. Melanie also worked with Citrus County Hospice for 10 years and volunteered as an Ambassador with Community Hospice. She was an active member of Bethel Assembly of God in Interlachen and in her leisure time, Melanie enjoyed gardening and spreading joy.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Linden and Mary Heston, brothers, David and Gary Heston and sister, Mary Lynn Marohn.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, John Richard “Rick” Collins of Florahome, son, Richard Tracy Collins (Rhonda) of Franklin, TN, daughter, Melanie Beth Nelson (Kevyn) of Florahome, brothers, Richard Heston (Peggy) and Linden Holden Heston (Lanita) of Live Oak, sister, Nancy Lovely of Jacksonville, as well as 3 grandchildren, Kasey Leigh Nelson, Andie Lynn Nelson and Serena Laurel Collins.
Services celebrating Melanie’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Pastor Mike McColley, Brother “Jakie” Carmicle and Dr. Bobby Lafferty officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning at 1:00 PM until time of services.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Melanie’s Book of Memories page at In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Melanie’s honor to causes that help children and people in need. Her memory would also be honored by planting native Florida plants that support butterfly habitats.
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.