Izola Ethel Fedford Collins (Zola Ford) was born in the family home in Galveston, Texas on October 26, 1929, and educated in the Galveston school system. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Prairie View University and the Master of Music degree from Northwestern University in Illinois.
She organized and directed three school bands in Texas -- Bay City, Hitchcock and Galveston Catholic. Retiring from Galveston ISD as an award-winning choir instructor, she then was elected citywide to the GISD Board of Trustees and served nine years, the last as president.
Mrs. Collins was married to Roy Lester Collins Jr., now deceased, and has three children -- June, Roy III and Cheryl, who have given them eight grandchildren.