Obituary for Betty JoAnne (Pepin) Watkins
Funeral service for Betty JoAnne Pepin Watkins, 83, will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Strode Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be Thursday afternoon at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The daughter of the late Frank Walker Pepin and Hryal Ruthilla (Hamblin) Pepin, JoAnne was born on February 23, 1935 in Lyford, Texas and passed away on April 14, 2018 in a Marietta, Oklahoma nursing facility.
A long time Ardmore resident, JoAnne moved from Lyford, Texas to Oilton, OK in 1939 and attended school there until her junior year in high school. JoAnne graduated from C.E. Donart High School in Stillwater, Oklahoma class of 1953. She and James Earnest "Bud" Watkins were married on August 15, 1953 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She was a Charter 1785 Senior regent Women of the Moose 82-83. JoAnne enjoyed embroidery, cross stitch, quilting, baking, puzzles, the color purple and most of all entertaining her family and friends. She retired in 1995 from the Ardmore Village where she was a secretary.
Survivors include: her loving husband James "Bud" Watkins; daughters, Jana Sue Cezeaux and husband Rod of San Antonio, TX and Kimberly Anne Rieck and husband Bryan of Ardmore, OK; son, Steven Frank Watkins and wife Marie of Ardmore, OK; grandchildren, Jason Cezeaux, Jamey Baker, Benjamin Rieck and Miranda Guzman; great-grandchildren, Claire, Madeleine and James Cezeaux, and Sebastian and Cristian Guzman; nieces; nephews; and a large extended family that included her baby dog Tia. Preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Lucille Etter and Frances Ramsey; brothers, BR "Jack" Pepin and Utah Pepin.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Jason Cezeaux, Benjamin Rieck, Jefferson Baker, Ed Engel, Gary Watkins and Jim Watkins.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Cross Timbers Hospice of Ardmore and or Alzheimers Association.
Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com