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Stella Fern Watkins

November 17, 1919 - January 21, 2014
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We are sad to announce the passing of our beloved mother, Stella "Fern" Watkins. She was born on November 17, 1919 in Abra, Texas to Chester and Sallie Martin. Growing up on a farm in North Texas gave Fern a strong, faithful, hard working background. Her family settled in Clarendon, Texas during her teen age years. It was on the farm that she became an accomplished piano player and teacher. She graduated from West Texas State University in 1940 with a BA degree in education. She taught high school and elementary level in Plemons, Texas during the war years. After the war, she moved to Amarillo with college friends. It...
We are sad to announce the passing of our beloved mother, Stella "Fern" Watkins. She was born on November 17, 1919 in Abra, Texas to Chester and Sallie Martin. Growing up on a farm in North Texas gave Fern a strong, faithful, hard working background. Her family settled in Clarendon, Texas during her teen age years. It was on the farm that she became an accomplished piano player and teacher. She graduated from West Texas State University in 1940 with a BA degree in education. She taught high school and elementary level in Plemons, Texas during the war years. After the war, she moved to Amarillo with college friends. It there that she met our father, John R. Watkins who was in the Navy working as a recruiter. It's easy to see why dad fell in love with her. Our mom's demeanor and wholesome good looks won his heart. They were married in 1948 and the journey began. They lived in various locations over the next eight years before settling in Torrance, California. Fern lived in Torrance for 57 years. She had two sons, Richard in 1950 and Lynn in 1956. She became a homemaker while raising her boys. She involved herself with many activities including gardening, bowling leagues, PTA and Little League Baseball. Upon our father's death in 1976, she returned to her true calling. She taught school for the Torrance school district for the next 25 years. She enjoyed her later years with family functions and friends and travel. Fern will be missed by all. Her grace and dignity will forever be remembered. She is preceded in death by husband John R. Watkins. She is survived by her son(s) Richard (Cory Watkins of Long Beach, California and Lynn (Jakki) Watkins of Lakewood, California. Grandchildren include Elizabeth Watkins, Christiana Rubin, and Rebecca Watkins. Services will be held on Monday, January 27th at 10:30 am in the chapel at Luyben Family Dilday-Mottell Mortuary in Long Beach, California. Burial will follow at Inglewood Park Cemetery. Family and Friends are encouraged to come early for refreshments and celebrate Mom's wonderful life.

"Aunt Fern and I wrote for the past twenty years or more, especially after my mother died. She and my Uncle Johnny lived a few blocks from where I lived on..."

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