|Birth: ||Aug. 14, 1925|
|Death: ||Apr. 1, 2009|
Louise Desiré Watkins, 83, quietly passed into God's hands on Wednesday evening, April 1, 2009, at her home in Ardmore, Oklahoma, from cardiac arrest. Mrs. Watkins was born in Porterdale, Georgia, in 1925, and spent her youth in Thomaston, Georgia, with her parents and two sisters. She received an Associate Degree from Southern Union Junior College in Wadley, Alabama, before marrying and moving to Pampa, Texas, at the age of 18. Louise continued her lifelong education with an insatiable appetite for good books, music, art, poetry and countless hobbies. She authored a book of poetry, "Hills and Valleys," in 1967. She was a well-known designer of natural stone jewelry and an accomplished painter and seamstress. While living in Pampa, she employed her design and artistic skills to operate a successful flower shop. She was married to James H. "Buddy" Watkins in 1972, and was widowed in 1978.
Louise was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church — Ardmore, and often served on church committees for visitation and other activities. She was an active member of the International P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic and educational organization. In P.E.O., she served as chaplain of her local chapter for many years, and attained "Golden Girl" status in 2007 by virtue of her 50-year membership in the organization.
Mrs. Watkins was preceded in death by her parents, Ambrose and Beulah Hudgins, and her sister, Loetta Thomason. She is survived by her son, Jerry Stephens of Dallas, Texas, and wife Paula; her daughter, Judy Magness of Opelika, Alabama, and husband Larry; her sister, Lynell Harden of Griffin, Georgia, and husband John; her grandson, Jonathan Magness of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and wife Andriana; her great grandson, Zachary Alexander Magness, son of Jonathan and Andriana; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be today, April 5, 2009, from 2-4 p.m., at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home in Ardmore.The service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 6, 2009, at First United Methodist Church - Ardmore. Prelude music will begin at 10:30 a.m., performed by Jerry and Paula Stephens, piano, and Jonathan Magness, violin.
Serving as pallbearers Jerry Stephens, Larry Magness, Jonathan Magness, Ron Graves, Mike Mordy and Nash Long.
Condolences maybe made to the family online at hdouglasfuneralhome.com.
Services are under the direction of the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home & Crematory.
Melvin Watson Stephens (1926 - 2004)*
Rose Hill Cemetery
Created by: Sharon Rhoades
Record added: Apr 05, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35535965
Rest in peace, Louise.|
Added: Oct. 16, 2013