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Carolyn Whitlock

My first ABA Convention was in 1968 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. It was then that the face of Louise Collins was etched into my mind. She was the “grande dame” who led her family in a seemingly overwhelmingly huge task of creating and sending out the ABA’s monthly periodical! In my mind, Louise was “Mrs. ABA!”

Throughout the years, Louise never forgot who I was and I never forgot her, of course. I don’t know how she found the time to keep up many correspondences, do so much work for charitable causes, produce The Bell Tower, and be the matriarch of a large family!

Well into her 90s, Louise attended every ABA Convention! Her spirit will continue to attend them forevermore.

As Bob Hope would say, “Thanks for the memories,” Louise. You’ve been a superior role model for us all. You have given the world of bell collecting so much and left us your wonderful and capable children and grandchildren to continue your legacy.

Thank you,