Jasper County Obits
Phyllis Jean (McCoy) Watkins
Phyllis Jean (McCoy) Watkins Age 62
Phyllis Jean (McCoy) Watkins of Joplin, MO and formerly of Wheeler, IL passed away at 8:30 AM - Saturday, March 1, 2014 at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM – Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Latona Church of Christ in Latona, IL with Nate Hagen officiating. Burial will be in the Trexler Cemetery in rural Newton, IL. Visitation will be held 4:00 - 7:00 PM – Friday, March 7, 2014 at the church. Arrangements are under the care of the Blake-Wright Funeral Home in Dieterich, IL.
Phyllis was born on January 18, 1952 south of Dieterich, IL the daughter of William “Sonny” and Violet (Niendick) McCoy. She was raised south of Dieterich in rural Jasper County, IL and attended Newton Community High School graduating in 1970. She met the love of her life, David Watkins, at Newton Community High School and they were married on August 12, 1972. To this union two children were born Christopher David on October 21, 1979 and Jennifer Lynn on January 12, 1981. Phyllis worked in the business office at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, IL for 39 1/2 years before retiring in December 2010. She was a member of the Latona Church of Christ. She shared her love of Christ by serving as a Sunday school teacher and bible school teacher for many years. On May 21, 2012 Phyllis suffered a brain aneurysm and after 1 ½ years of long hospital stays and numerous surgeries, she was able to relocate and be with her family in Joplin, MO. She was able to spend the last several months at home with her loving family before God called her to her eternal home.
Phyllis is survived by her husband of 41 years David Watkins of Joplin, MO; a son Christopher Watkins of Joplin, MO; a daughter Jennifer (Tim) Siemer of Joplin, MO; granddaughters Macy Siemer and Piper Siemer both of Joplin, MO; 2 brothers Floyd (Linda) McCoy of Newton, IL and Darrell (Sharon) McCoy of Madison, IL; 4 sisters Donna (Dick) Feldhake of Effingham, IL, Sharon Kay Winterrowd of Bourbonnais, IL, Wanda (Leroy) Haarman of Wheeler, IL and Diane Holt of Vienna, IL. Several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews also survive. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, sister Catherine McCoy; brothers Medford McCoy and Jerry McCoy.