Eva Mae Brown Collins, 61, a member of the International Ministers' Wives Association and the Baptist Ministers' Wives Association for almost 40 years, died of cancer Monday at Howard University Hospital.

Mrs. Collins, wife of the Rev. Leon C. Collins, pastor of the Zion Baptist Church of Eastland Gardens in Washington, was born in Xenia, Ohio. She attended Wilberforrce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and moved to Washington in 1938 following her marriage.

She worked for the Bureau of Engravving and Printing from 1943 to 1948 and for the Census Bureau from 1948 to 1951. She worked for the old Freedmen's Hospital, now Howard University Hospital, from 1951 to 1962.

In addition to her work in the Interdenominational and Baptists wives associations, she had been a volunteer at Freedmen's and at D.C. General Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, of Washington; three daughters, Marie Bowen and Deborah J. Collins of Yellow Springs, Ohio; four sons, Dr. James, of Silver Spring, and Leon, David and Phillip, of Washington; two brothrs, Charles Brown of Yellow Springs and Herman Brown of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters, Mary Brown Chandler, Mildred Brown Jones and Jo Anne Hurst Reynolds, all of Washington, and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the fform of contributions to the Cancer Research Center of Howard University Hospital.