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Elizabeth Collier

March 13, 1923 — August 17, 2019

Elizabeth H. "Lee" (Ross) Collier, 96 of Greensburg passed away, Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.

She was born one of nine children March 13, 1923 to the late Richard R. Ross and Ruth A. (Kepple) Ross in Greensburg and grew up in Harrison City.

Prior to retirement, Lee worked as hiring manager at K-mart in Greensburg from the time they opened in 1963 until they closed in 1996. She frequently traveled to K-Marts in Pennsylvania and New York hiring employees for new stores.  She was a very active member of the South Greensburg Methodist Church, quilters club and bible study group. She also participated in various fundraisers for the church, enjoying making pumpkin rolls and gobs.  She loved her family especially her grandson, Jeff.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward G. Collier Jr. in 1988 and brothers, Samuel Ross of Harrisburg, Richard Ross of Texas, Clifford Ross of California and sisters, Beulah 'Boots' Teitt of Greensburg, Doris Gordon of Harrisburg, Alice 'Babe' Miller of Ohio and Elsie Smith of Latrobe.

She is survived by her son, Edward 'Smokey' G. Collier III of Greensburg, daughter, Janet  Laurella (Phil) of Greensburg; grandson, Jeffrey Baughman (Toby) of Studio City, CA; granddaughter, Joni Laurella Fagan (Bill) and great grandson, Aven of Camp Hill, a sister Roxie Harper (Bob) of Harrison City; brothers-in-law Dr. Bill Gordon of Harrisburg and Kenneth 'Bud' Collier (Julie) of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Hempfield Manor for their care and kindness and to the many friends she made there, both residents and staff.

Per Lee's request there will be no public viewing.  Private services will be held for the family with Rev. Dr. Darrell Greenawalt officiating.  Private interment will take place in Westmoreland County Memorial Park.  Arrangements are in the care of KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, INC., Greensburg. For online condolences, please visit

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