Danielle Ada Meredith Collins, affectionately known as “Big Dan” surprised her family with her arrival on March 26, 1970 to the late Sharon P. Meredith-Johnson and Robert Johnson in Chester, Maryland. This is how she got her other name “Angel.” On August 21, 2018, she answered God’s call and entered eternal rest.
Angel was reared in the Kingstown neighborhood of Kent Island. She was educated in Queen Annes County School system and graduated from Queen Annes County High School in 1988. She attended Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, DE.
She began her Christian journey at New United Methodist, formerly known as Union Wesley United Methodist Church. She was employed by the state of Maryland and supported her family by providing bookkeeping and other odd jobs they asked her. Big Dan loved to cook and go to yard sales. She showed her love by giving people her last and cooking lavish meals for anyone in need and everyone she loved on.
Her love for the children she “mothered” is unending. She went to the utmost extreme for birthdays, weddings, Superbowl parties, Sunday dinners and summer barbeques in the backyard. Her parties were a thing of legend. From petting zoos with live animals to Bounce houses the size of a mansion to her annual Easter egg hunts, Angel truly loved the kids.
Danielle married her beloved husband of 11 years, Antonio William Collins on April 21, 2007.
Over the years, Angel faced many trials and tribulations, but she never lost her faith in God or her “sunny” disposition. All who came in contact with Danielle, grew to love her. Danielle attended church whenever her health allowed and always did what she could to comfort anyone in need.
Danielle was a loving wife, devoted mother, wonderful sister, generous aunt, proud godmother and fantastic friend to all.
In addition to her mother, Sharon Meredith-Johnson and father Robert Johnson, she was precede in death by her grandmother, Lucy Roberts Meredith; grandfather, Maurice Meredith; beloved brother-cousin, Kevin Meredith; and her daughter, Heaven Makayla Antonia Collins.
Danielle leaves to cherish her memories: her husband, Antonio Collins of St. Michaels; step-children, Sierra, Antonio and Tyjae Blackwell; two grandchildren; 2 siblings: Deanna Sebastian and Robert Johnson, Jr.; 4 nieces and nephews; a special chosen daughter, Christina Pinkett; 2 great uncles: Harry Roberts, Sr. and Richard Meredith; her godmother, Ida Steger; her godfather, Russell Cornish; 4 godchildren: Janasia Camacho, Brianna Kearse, Markeem Turner and Jamaya Justice; a host of godbrothers and godsisters; her best friend, April Bordley and her aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.