Mural captures essence of two women who “loved over everything”

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A little something special has been added to downtown Minden’s newest mural on the wall belonging to the John Collins family and A.J. Price, Inc.

“Love Over Everything” is the mural painted by the community, but the nicknames of two beloved women who passed away almost two years ago, are painted in the bottom lefthand corner – Greta for Margaret Collins and Shug in memory of Claire Fussell.

“This (love over everything) is the way they lived their lives,” Lindsey Collins told Andy Pendergrass when he asked permission to add the names.

A small group of family and friends joined in front of the mural Monday evening, so family members could finish painting the names on the wall.

The project was an outreach of Minden Foundation, an organization started with the help of John Collins.

“I’m happy with it,” Collins said. “I’m very happy with it.”

“We just thought this was a really great legacy,” Pendergrass said.

One of the mural designers, Patrick Miller, started painting the names, while sons Alex Collins and Jay Fussell picked up a pen to finish them. John Collins, grandson Louie and Jay’s sister Margaret Fussell also had a hand in completing the mural. The other designer was Lily Spillers.

“A lot of people put a lot of work into it,” Miller said. “The message was the most important thing, and we think we captured the essence of these two women.”

Photo by Bonnie Culverhouse: Louie Collins and his grandfather John Collins help finish the mural in downtown Minden.

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