Sara Collins, MD

October 3, 1948 - April 4, 2012
Sara Collins, MD

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Sara Heath Collins, MD, age 63 of Wilmington passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

She was born in Monroe, NC on October 3, 1948.

Sara is an alumnus of UNC Greensboro and received her doctor of medicine from UNC Chapel Hill. During residency, she specialized in obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical University of SC and rose to Chief Resident her final year. Dr. Sara Collins’s distinguished, professional career spanned for over 20 years in Wilmington. She was an acknowledged Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as a Fellow of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Collins cherished coastal living, fishing, traveling and enjoying time with her family and friends.

She is survived by three children, Josh Lee and wife Kelly, Jay Lee and Chris Lee and wife Christine; two grandsons, Calyb Richmond and Jonathan Lee. She is also survived by her parents, Sara and James L. Collins of Marshville, NC, and her brother Luke Collins and wife Roberta of Wingate, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial donations made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ( or The National Marrow Donor Program (

A memorial service will be held 11 am Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Port City Community Church in Wilmington.

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  • April 10, 2012
    Sara Brown says:
    Sara's kindness and generosity lit up a room and the world. She made everyone feel better through medicine or through sincere thoughtful insight. She gave to others without expecting anything in return. She was a devoted mother, daughter, sister and physician and an amazing friend. The world is better to have had her in our presence, and though dimmed in her absence, heaven is ablaze with true joy. Thank you for sharing Sara with me and my family.

  • April 23, 2012
    Susan Harkins says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. Sara was a great doctor to me since I arrived in Wilmington.

  • April 09, 2012
    Vikki Brown says:
    Dr. Sara Collins was a much loved friend and colleague. I am deeply saddened by the loss of this wonderful person far too soon. Sara was the first physician I met in Wilmington twelve years ago when I came to interview for hospital privileges. I will always remember her kindness and warmth. Goodbye dear Sara. I will always miss you. Love, Vikki Brown

  • April 07, 2012
    Melanie Philip says:
    She was a Great doctor and a wonderful person. She delivered both my children and saved the life of my oldest when things looked very bad. She was the BEST! Thanks for sharing her with us, She will be missed!

  • April 09, 2012
    Chuck Couch says:
    Doo & Jim - So sorry to hear of the passing of Sara Heath. I do think about the Collins/Lingle/McLendon beach trip from the late-50's...great memories! I also remember the times spent w/her at UNC-Chapel Hill and, of course, at the Walters' family reunions. Much love to you and to Sara Heath's children during this difficult time.