Mary Watkins

MARY M. WATKINS, 92 AMBOY - Mary M. Watkins, 92, of Amboy died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at Amboy Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Mary Nickerson Watkins was born April 1, 1920, in Stow, Ohio, the only daughter of Scott and Grace (Newton) Nickerson. She graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor's degree in education. She married Roger H. Watkins in 1947, in Kent, Ohio; he died in 2010. Mary was a devoted homemaker and also volunteered at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford with the Jenny Lind Society. She was a financial secretary at Anderson Packaging in Rockford for 14 years before retiring in 1986. She was a longtime member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Rockford, where she was a greeter for 30 years. Survivors include children, Geoff and Craig of Amboy and Holly Johnston of White Bear Lake, Minn.; three sisters-in-law; and numerous nephews and nieces. Also predeceased by parents and seven brothers. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St., Rockford. Entombment of cremains will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Machesney Park. Visitation from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the church. A memorial has been established to Our Savior Lutheran Church. Condolences may be shared at Funeral arrangements by Mihm-Jones Funeral Home.

Published in Rockford Register Star from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2012