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Mary M. Watkins

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

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, the only daughter of Scott and Grace (Newton) Nickerson, in Stow, Ohio. She graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in education. She married Roger H. Watkins in 1947, in Kent, Ohio. He preceded her in death in 2010.

Mary was a devoted homemaker, and volunteered at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford with the Jenny Lind Society. She was a financial secretary at Anderson Packaging in Rockford for 14 years, retiring in 1986. She was a longtime member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Rockford, where she was a greeter for 30 years.

Survivors include her children, Geoff and Craig of Amboy, Holly Johnston of White Bear Lake, Minn.; three sisters-in-law; and numerous nephews and nieces. 

She also was preceded in death by her parents and her seven brothers.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m., Nov. 29 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St., Rockford. Entombment of cremains will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Rockford. Cremation rites have been accorded. Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy handled arrangements.

A memorial has been established to Our Savior Lutheran Church. 

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