Helen M. (Ketner) Watkins

Born: Wed., Sep. 20, 1922
Died: Sun., Apr. 1, 2018


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Apr. 07, 2018
Location: Hartman Sons Funeral Home

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Sat., Apr. 07, 2018
Location: Hartman Sons Funeral Home

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Helen M. Watkins, 95, died at 7:36 a.m., Sunday, April 1, 2018, at Bluffton Hospital.  She was born on September 20, 1922, near Columbus Grove, to Walter and Opal (Sharp) Ketner.  They preceded her in death.

On October 9, 1942, she married Byron E. Watkins, who preceded in death, December 14, 2002.

Helen is survived two sons, Jerry B. (Susan) Watkins and William D. (Louise) Watkins; two daughters, Wynona M. Wilhelm and Nita S. (Jeff) Hashbarger; nine grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren and one sister in-law, Isabella Watkins.

She was preceded in death by one son in-law, Dan Wilhelm.

Helen was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School, class of 1940.  She was a homemaker and had worked for the Triplett Corporation, formerly in Bluffton, and was a volunteer fund raiser for Bluffton Hospital, for it's mid 60's building campaign.  She worked for the fund raising office at Bluffton College in the late 60's for the construction of Marbeck  Center.

Helen enjoyed her gardening and working around the house and yard.  She was proud of and so very much enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services will begin at 12:00p.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove.  Pastor Duane Kemerley will officiate with burial to follow in Truro Cemetery, Columbus Grove.

Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., prior to time of the service at Hartman Sons Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bridge Hospice of Bluffton Hospital, Pandora Methodist Church or Maple Crest Assisted Living.

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Bonnie E Warren
   Posted Tue April 03, 2018
Dear Jerry, William, Wynona and Nita, I feel as if I know you all so well I have sat through many enjoyable hours with your Mom and would enjoy her stories about each of you she was so very special to me and I loved her very much Thank you all for sharing her with me she will be missed. I now have one more Guardian Angel

Anna Coon
   Posted Tue April 03, 2018
Dear family
Your Mom was such a special friend to us. We treasured her friendship. We're sad but know she is with the Lord.
Duane and Anna Coon

Theresa Davis
   Posted Wed April 04, 2018
Please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of Helen. I met Helen when I worked at Maple Crest. I thought the world of her and she and I developed a strong friendship. She was a wonderful lady and great conversationalist! I am sorry I will be unable to attend her visitation or service. She will be sadly missed.

Greg & Rosie Sharp
   Posted Wed April 04, 2018
So sad to hear of your loss. Helen was a special little lady and we had a great friendship with lots of laughs together. She is now with her love of her life, Byron. She will always remain in our hearts.

Heartfelt Sympathy to you all.

Greg & Rosie

Rose M. Sharp
   Posted Wed April 04, 2018


Heartfelt sympathy to the family of Helen Watkins. She was a great little lady and will remain forever in our hearts. Greg & Rosie Sharp

Millie Reed
   Posted Wed April 04, 2018
I had the delightful privilege of knowing Helen at PMHC in FL. She was a dear lady and I loved her.

Carol Purvis
   Posted Wed April 04, 2018
Helen was a wonderful lady. My parents Melvin and Esther looked forward to seeing her every year in Palmetto. So sorry for yor loss.

Greg and Pamela Sharp
   Posted Wed April 04, 2018
Rest in peace Helen. We will always remember our visits in Florida with you and Byron and know you will be content as you join him in heaven.

Greg & Pam Sharp

Shirley & Darle Vander Schuur
   Posted Thu April 05, 2018
Dear Family,
Your mother was a dear friend and close neighbor in PMHC. She was always there when we wanted to talk and share family stories and pictures. She was so proud of her family. Our prayers are with you and we know she is at home with her Lord.

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