Rose Emma Watkins, 82, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2020 at her residence in Hot Spring County after a bout with cancer.
Born June 25, 1938 in Grand Junction, Colorado, she was one of 5 children of Edward and Ruth (Michels) Voss. After high school she attended Mesa College earning an Associate Degree in Business Administration.
On March 20, 1960 she married Duane W. Watkins in Grand Junction. The couple moved to Laramie, Wyoming in 1964 and to Thermopolis in the early 70’s where Rose was actively involved in agriculture education.
For 50 years Rose was a school bus driver and also did some substitute teaching. She was an announcer at the Wyoming State Fair for 50 years. In her love of children she was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church and Eastern Star Vesper Chapter 19. An assertive woman she was sympathetic, compassionate and cared about the community and it’s children.
Those cherishing her memory include her husband, Duane of Thermopolis; daughters, Vivian (Curtis) Rigsby of Thorton, CO and Pam Watkins of Thermopolis; brother, Dan (Barbara) Voss of Grand Junction; grandchildren, Meagan, Henry, Shanea, Sarah and Daisy and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and son, Joe.
Graveside services will be held January 4, 2021, 2:00 PM at Highlands Cemetery in Meeker, CO.
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