Mary Joyce Watkins(1931 - 2014)

ODESSA Mary Joyce Watkins went to be with the Lord on June 5, 2014. Joyce was born on July 26, 1931 to Edna and Richard Dingler in Clarendon, Texas. Joyce was one of six sisters and one brother. All of the family spent their time working on the family farm and this would become a source of many fond memories for Joyce as she grew older. On August 14, 1953, Joyce married Bobby Lynn Watkins in Amarillo, Texas. The couple began their lives in Amarillo, Texas. They moved to Andrews, Texas when Bobby finished his military career. In July of 1962, they moved to Odessa Texas with their two young children, Mary and Shirley. Joyce held a successful career with ECISD. After her retirement, she remained active through volunteer work with the Auxiliary at Medical Center Hospital. She also became very active in her church, Second Baptist of Odessa. Joyce incorporated her love of sewing in every aspect of her life. She sewed quilts with her Sunday School class, she made clothes for her children and grandchildren, and she passed on her love for sewing to many around her. Joyce and Bobby remained inseparable until his passing in 1994. Joyce remained devoted and faithful to her husband even after his passing. Joyce is preceded in death by her husband Bobby and her granddaughter Mary Ann Schenkel. Joyce is survived by her daughter Mary and husband Scott Schenkel of Carrolton, Texas, and her daughter Shirley and husband Bill Clifton of Midland, Texas. Joyce is also survived by eleven grandchildren: Jacob, Syble, Lindsay, Ben, David, Will, Jennifer, John, Katie, Lyle, George, and six great grandchildren; Andrea, Rene, Caleb, Riley, Noah, and George.
Family will receive friends Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 3-5pm at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
Funeral services will be Monday, June 9, 2014 at 11am at Second Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Duckett officiating.
Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements are by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.

Funeral Home

Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors
4635 Oakwood Drive Odessa, TX 79761
(432) 368-7191

Published in Odessa American on June 8, 2014