Virginia Lucille Watkins
February 19, 1956 - December 7, 2015
Virginia Lucille Watkins, 59, of Big Lake, passed away Monday, December 7, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Virginia Was born February 19, 1956, in San Angelo to the late Bill and Bessie Faries Pennington. She was raised and spent her life in Big Lake, graduating from Reagan County High School in 1974. After raising her children, she attended Angelo State University and was just weeks away from graduating with a Nursing Degree when a debilitating illness forced her to quit. She was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church of Big Lake. She also drove the school bus and was a substitute teacher for the Reagan County schools for a number of years.
Virginia was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was a very strong woman who was loyal and committed to her beliefs and had a zest for life. She loved being the wife of a rancher and being a mom to her children. She adored her grandchildren and loved taking care of all children and being “mom” to everyone. She loved being outdoors, especially gardening and fishing and helping on the ranch. Some of her favorite hobbies included sewing, cooking, crafting and decorating.
Virginia is survived by her husband of 40 years, Johnny Watkins; son Cody Watkins and his wife Coral; daughter, Lori Watkins; and grandchildren, Cheyenne, Caitlynn and Colton James, all of the ranch in Big Lake; sister, Caroline Pennington and brother, Billy Pennington and his wife Charlene, all of Brownwood; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.
Open visitation will be held Wednesday and Thursday at Johnson’s Funeral Home where friends may pay their respect. Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM Friday, December 11, 2015, at the First Baptist Church of Big Lake with J.B. (Byron) Bitner and Gerald Bastin, officiating. Burial will follow at the Stiles Cemetery, Stiles, Texas.
Family and friends may express condolences and sign the online guest book at www.johnsons-funeralhome.com.