Bessie Odessa Watkins
Bessie Odessa Watkins
  • August 3, 1917 - December 16, 2017
  • Monroe, North Carolina

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Bessie Stilwell Watkins, 100, of Monroe passed away peacefully at the Brian Center on Saturday December 16, 2017. Affectionately known as Nanny, she will be deeply missed.
Bessie is predeceased by her husbands, Arthur Stilwell and Lonnie Watkins; her son, Ralph Stilwell and grandson, Tony Love. She is survived by her daughter, Betty Love and her husband Joe; stepdaughters, Lena Helms and Jeanette Turner; grandsons, Chris Love and fiance Tracey Stack, Lane Macsheehan; daughter-in-law, Bridget Love; great-grandsons, Cody and his wife Jordan, Tyler, Gavin and Parker Love; brother, J.O. Craig and her extended family, the Birmingham's and Bill and Trudy Hassenplug.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 21 from noon to 1 pm at McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe followed by a 1 pm Funeral Service. Burial will follow at Siler Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at the Brian Center for all their love and special care over the past five years.