Mona Faye Watkins
Mona Faye Watkins
  • May 5, 1941 - January 16, 2018
  • North Carolina

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Mona Faye Watkins, 76, passed away in the comfort of her home on January 16, 2018 after a brief illness. Born on May 5, 1941 in Whiteville, NC; she was the daughter of the late Athel R. Kellihan and Janie C. Weavil Kellihan. She graduated from Fair Bluff High School and School of Cosmetology in Charlotte.

She began her career in hairstyling in Norfolk, VA, where she won trophies for Best Hair Stylist. Mona moved to Raleigh and married George Thomas "Tommy" Watkins. They established and operated the Mona Watkins Hair Salon for 49 years - until Mona's recent illness. On December 31st of this past year, they gave the business to their long-time and loyal employee.

Mona was a gifted artist, even allowing the American Cancer Society to use some of her beautiful paintings in an art show and sale or a fund raising event. Annually, Mona and her friend Nona purchased coats for children in need. Her landscaped yard/lawn was a work of creative art. She spent many hours with friends Nona and Linda traveling here and there to buy special plants and pots for planting.

Mona and Tommy were blessed to have so many special and loved friends. They cherished their times together - especially the Friday night dinner group. Her heart was always filled with endearing love for family and friends, including those who passed on before her.

She is lovingly remembered by her husband, Tommy Watkins; sisters: Martha Kellihan Fycyk and Katie Loretta Kellihan Johnson; half-brothers and sisters: Evans Bryant, William P. Bryant and Carolyn Louise Bryant Spivey; and by many nieces, nephews, other family and dear friends. Her love was unconditional.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Avent Ferry United Methodist Church, with family to receive friends following the service. Private Burial Services will be held at Montlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are preferred to Avent Ferry United Methodist Church - 2700 Avent Ferry Road - Raleigh, NC 27606.