Marion Tempa A. Watkins, 89, passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 10:15 A.M. at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
Tempa was born March 11, 1920 the daughter of Walter Elders and Younil (Taylor) Strunk. She married Earl Watkins on June 11, 1955 in Benton, Illinois and together they have shared over 54 years of marriage.
She was a member of the Johnston City United Pentecostal Church and she retired from Marion Unit 2 Schools.
In addition to her husband, Tempa is survived by:
Nancy Hickey and husband Clyde of Spillertown
Mildred Anderson and husband Loren of Thompsonville
Anita Anderson and husband Logan of Pittsburg
Ruth Jackie Moore and husband Charles of Herrin
Jerry & Karen Hickey of Spillertown
Joy Russell of Marion
Gary Hickey of Herrin
Michael Hickey of Ireland
Ellen & Mike Meece of Johnston City
Boyd & Barbara Anderson of Pittsburg
Lora & Mike Chamness of Creal Springs
Donna Anderson of Thompsonville
David & Valerie Anderson of Crab Orchard
Kay Fleming of Johnston City
Joann & Brian Tanner of Dykersburg
Logan & Tammie Anderson of St. Augustine, Florida
Evelyn Stacy of Carterville
Christy & Rick Walter of Royalton
Amy & Heath Aldrich of Uconn, Oklahoma
Twenty-five Great Grandchildren
Two Great Great Grandchildren
Oscar & Mary Strunk of Richland, Washington
Virgil Strunk of Marion
Howard & Patsy Strunk of Marion
Bobbie Miner of Marion
Mimoth Johnson of Marion
Pauline Carter of West Frankfort
Laura McGinnis of Herrin
Peggy Jeralds of Herrin
Several nieces and nephews
Preceded by Parents, Sister Mary Bearden and Half-Brother Bud Elders
Funeral services will be Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Michael Glasco officiating. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday evening from 5:00 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
For those who prefer memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Johnston City United Pentecostal Church. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois 62959.