Obituary: Lorraine Elizabeth Watkins

Lorraine Elizabeth Watkins, 80, of Newton, died Monday (September 5, 2016) at the Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus in Wichita.

She was born on January 20, 1936 in Columbus, Ks., the daughter of Claude and Margaret McTaggert Denton. Lorraine was raised in Elk City, Ks. After graduating from Elk City High School she later went on to graduate from Kansas Teachers College in Emporia with her degree in Secondary Education.

Her first teaching job was in Leavenworth, then Atchison before moving to Newton in 1960 to teach Eighth Grade Science. She taught at both Chisholm and Santa Fe Middle Schools. Lorraine took a few years off from teaching to raise her son. She retired in 1995.obit-watkins

Lorraine married William Dean Watkins on July 16, 1961 at the First Baptist Church in Newton. He died on August 31, 2011.

Lorraine was an avid sports fan, she always enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. She was a true lover of nature. Through the years she had been a member of the P.E.O., the Treble Clef Club and Beta Beta Beta.

Survivors include her sons Robert Watkins and wife Kimberly of Newton, Scott Watkins and wife Maren of Salt Lake City, Utah, and David Watkins and wife Tracy of Burlington, Ks.; and her grandchildren Ryan, Jace, Myka, and Megan.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday (September 14, 2016) at the Broadway Colonial Funeral Home. Interment will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Zimmerdale, Ks.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday 1pm til 8pm where the family will receive friends between 6 and 8pm.

A memorial has established with Lorraine Watkins Memorial Scholarship Fund. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Ks. 67114.

Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.

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