Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (b. Feb. 28, 1917) was the matriarch of the Collins family in the 1960s and owner of Collinwood and the Collins Fishing Fleet and Cannery. She was the mother of Carolyn Stoddard.
Elizabeth's husband Paul left her in 1949 and she became a recluse, remaining at the house until he returned (5). The same day, Elizabeth fired the entire staff of servants at Collinwood—maids, chauffeur, gardener—and brought on Matthew Morgan, a cannery worker, to be the sole caretaker and do all of the heavy work around the house (6).
In 1957, Roger testified against Burke Devlin in court, sending him to prison. Afterwards, Roger agreed to leave Collinsport and Elizabeth sent him money every month in return. Despite promising never to come back, Roger returned to live at Collinwood ten years later with his son David (10).
Business and finances
When their father died, Elizabeth and Roger received an equal share of his inheritance. Roger quickly spent the entirety of his half, having fun with the money, and put his shares in the family business up for public auction. Elizabeth was forced use some of her remaining inheritance to buy up his shares herself in order to keep the company in the family (41).
Elizabeth retained ownership of the Collins Fishing Fleet and Cannery until at least 1967 (8). Ned Calder managed the business for fifteen years until 1967 when he decided to resign. His resignation came immediately following Elizabeth's rejection of his offer of marriage (39, 44). She told him she hoped she never saw him again and he moved away to Portland to work at another job (39). Elizabeth had hoped that Roger would take over as manager, but instead Bill Malloy, a friend of hers for over twenty-five years, was promoted to fill in the position (8, 44, 50).
When Burke Devlin returned to Collinsport a few months later and started stirring trouble, Liz feared that he'd try to financially destroy her, so she called called Ned and asked him to return to work for her. He declined, refusing to return to work unless she changed her mind about marrying him (1, 36, 39, 44).
Liz made all of the important decisions with the business, speaking with Malloy every morning (8). He also came up to see her at Collinwood once a week (1). In 1967, Liz approved a machine which increased canning time but resulted in no layoffs (39).
The east wing of Collinwood was closed off in around 1916 and most of the house fell into disuse (2). Elizabeth successfully petitioned to have the property tax reduced due to most of the house being closed. The house was more of a liability than an asset and by 1967 it was only Collins-owned property without a mortgage (42).
John Harris in Bangor managed all of the family banking. He and Elizabeth knew each other for a long time, though she hadn't met with him at all from 1963 until 1967 when she called him up to Collinwood to set up a trust fund for David. The creation of the trust fund made money very tight as Elizabeth had tied up most of her assets to purchase Roger's side of the company. This was a weakness that Burke Devlin had planned to exploit (44).
In 1967, Elizabeth hired Victoria Winters from New York to come and be a governess and companion for David (1). She told Carolyn that she brought Vicki there to give her (Carolyn) a chance to get married and leave Collinwood (8).
Victoria was extremely curious about why she was chosen to tutor David, but Elizabeth was very vague about it, merely saying someone recommended her (6). Eventually, Liz forced Roger to play along and tell Vicki that an anonymous donor to the Hammond Foundling Home had recommended her (25).
In 1967, Jason McGuire returned to Collinwood and began blackmailing Elizabeth over the murder of her husband. Eventually he tried to force her to marry him, but she first attempted suicide (269) and then at the wedding, broke down and told the whole story to everyone, including the police. It was then revealed that Elizabeth did not kill Paul Stoddard that night, but only knocked him unconscious. Jason claimed he and Paul split the money Paul was trying to steal from Liz and they told her Jason buried Paul in the basement. Later, when Paul returned to Collinsport, he claimed that Jason blackmailed him about stealing from Liz and took all the money himself. Liz never found out which one was telling the truth.
On top of everything that Mrs. Stoddard is dealing with, the vengeful witch Angelique Bouchard Collins, who had married Barnabas Collins long ago, is hexing, killing, and terrorizing people and making people see things, the most unforgettable being her spell spoken right into a sherry one day that Mrs Collins drinks which makes Mrs. Collins continually think of and dream of her death for a long period of time.
- *Sobbing is heard, but Elizabeth is not seen.