Joan F. Watkins, 100, of Pittsburg, KS, passed away at 11:05 p.m. Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Via Christi Village, Pittsburg, KS.

Joan F. Watkins, 100, of Pittsburg, KS, passed away at 11:05 p.m. Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Via Christi Village, Pittsburg, KS.

She was born September 3, 1911 at Frontenac, KS, to Ernest and Vincenza Ovadon. On December 27, 1937, she was united in marriage to Clayton Watkins. He preceded her in death on December 23, 1996.

Mrs. Watkins attended Pittsburg Business College and worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Simion Insurance agency, later the Peterson Insurance agency, for 20 years. She helped with the reading program at George Nettels School and St. Mary’s for many years.          

She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, the Altar Society, St Paul Widow and Widowers Society, and the Mt. Carmel Foundation. An avid golfer she was a member of the Crestwood Women’s Golf Assoc. at Crestwood Country Club.

When her Husband, who was with Gulf Oil Company, was transferred to Kansas City and then Houston, TX, she continued to her reading to children at Cure of Ars in Leawood and at St. Francis of Assi in Houston. She also read to the blind and played bingo with residents at Golden Age homes. At the Veterans Hospital in Houston she played golf with the patients, as a volunteer.

She was preceded in death by seven sisters and two brothers. She is survived by many nieces and nephews including Connie Peterson and great-nephew Richard Peterson and his wife Marilyn who assisted her in managing her affairs.

Graveside Services will be 2:00 p.m., Monday (Oct. 31), at the Highland Park Cemetery, with Fr. Thomas Stroot officiating. The family suggests memorials be given to Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Fund.  These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th Street, Pittsburg, Kansas  66762.  Friends may also leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, Kansas.