Susan I. Watkins, daughter of the late Floyd James and Mattie Irene Grim Hoffman, was born in Poplar Bluff, Mo. on Dec. 14, 1954, and died at her home in Dexter, Mo. on Jan. 17, 2012, at the age of 57.
Susan was raised in Dexter but lived in Fredericktown after college with her husband where they both taught school. She and her husband moved back to Dexter in 1983. She had worked with the youth music at church and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Dexter at this time. Susan was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. In 2004 she was chosen as Mrs. Missouri Outdoors. She was a very talented artist, interior decorator, jewelry designer and enjoyed painting. Susan retired from the Dexter School District where she taught Art at the middle school. Susan also owned and operated her own jewelry business, Blonde Jewelry.
On Nov. 30 , 1974 Susan was married to Stephen L. Watkins in Dexter, Mo.
Surviving are her husband: Stephen Watkins of Dexter, Mo. Two daughters: Sarah and Ty Ferrell of Sikeston, Mo., Rachael Watkins and Paul Rink of Dexter, Mo. Two granddaughters: Amelia Holden and Lennon Ferrell both of Sikeston, Mo. Two Sisters: Judy and her husband Jim Cochran of Doniphan, Mo. and Jane Cathey of Dexter, Mo. Other friends and family survive. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter Lillian Holden.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 after 5 p.m. at the Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter with Rev. Tom Bass of Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Rev. Steve Moody of Little Rock, Ark. officiating.
Burial will be in the Dexter Cemetery in Dexter, Mo. with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Stoddard County Children's Home PO Box 164 Dexter, MO 63841 and 18 Fore Life c/o Scott Kruse 705 Laurie Circle Dexter, MO 63841