Barbara K. Watkins, 65, Kokomo, passed away at 9:07 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at her residence. She was born Nov. 14, 1947, in Frankfurt, Germany, to the late William G. and Elfriede Ditty. On April 7, 1973, in Indianapolis, she married Glenn E. Watkins; and he survives.
She graduated from Western High School. Barbara earned a nursing degree from St. Elizabeth College, Lafayette. She began working as a registered nurse at Methodist Hospital in 1970. In 1976, after the birth of her first son, she turned her focus to raising a family full time. Later after her sons went off to college, she began working at Kokomo Schools as a teacher’s aid from 1994 until retiring in 2004. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her close friends. She and her husband attended Bible Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Glenn E. Watkins, Kokomo; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Scott and Carrie Watkins, Marysville, Ohio, Mike and Christie Watkins, Fillmore; and five loving grandchildren, Brianna, Brady, Christian, Liel and Caleb Watkins.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bible Baptist Church, 2635 S. Dixon Road, with Pastor Keith Treadway and Pastor Bill Carmichael officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service on Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Kokomo Rescue Mission, envelopes will be provided at the mortuary on Wednesday and also at the church on Thursday. You are invited to visit Barbara’s full obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book, share a personal message or order flowers for the family. Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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