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Gladys M. Watkins
Gladys M. WatkinsVioletGladys Marie Rosebrough Watkins, 95, formerly of LaRue, Ohio, died peacefully on February 5, 2015, at her home in Marion.

She was born October 21, 1919, in Marion to the late Alva and Lona Mae (Stumbo) Rosebrough. On August 9, 1941 she married Robert Owen Watkins, and together they operated a family farm south of LaRue and raised four children. In 1989, Gladys and Robert moved to Marion.

Gladys was a member of the LaRue United Methodist Church, Bowling Green Twp. Grange, and the Good Friends Club. She served as a poll worker for twenty-five years in Bowling Green Township during elections. She also enjoyed her duties as the secretary of her LaRue High School class of 1938 serving in that role with the LaRue Alumni Association until 2014.

Gladys is survived by her four children: John Watkins, LaRue; Kathleen (Allen) Barrett, Kenton; William (Pamela) Watkins, LaRue; and Linda (Michael) Sens, Columbus; ten grandchildren, and twenty great-grandchildren. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, an infant brother Lester, her brother Alva Jr., sister Francis (Jividen), sister Violet (Hegedus), and brother Leaughn Rosebrough. Her brother Russell Rosebrough, Marion survives.

Funeral services will be Monday, February 9, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, LaRue with Pastor Mike Raypholtz officiating. Burial will follow in Price Cemetery.  Calling hours will be on Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home in LaRue.

Memorial gifts may be made to Marion General Hospital Hospice, 1000 McKinley Park Drive, Marion, OH  43302 or LaRue United Methodist Church, 166 N. High Street, LaRue, OH  43332.

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#1 from: Marsha K Harmon
La Rue, OH
Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 1:02 PM

Bill and family, I am so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. She was a sweet and kind person to my family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.  Marsha Kay

#2 from: Evelyn Ledman
Clarksville Indiana
Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 4:34 PM

John, sorry to hear of your Mother's death.  I'm sure she was so proud of you.  May God be with you in the coming days and cherish the memories of her.         from your classmate, Waddy Ledman

#3 from: Phil & Karen  Redd McCann
Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 9:25 PM

Linda, Kathy, John & Bill - I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I had so many fond memories of your mother as Linda and I shared a friendship in our younger years and even beyond. We shared the same Dr. So often I would see your father and mother in there. Oh, how we would reminisce! I was so honored and priviledge to have know your mother. She was a wonderful lady. My condolences to all of you. My prayers are with you.

#4 from: MARY SNYDER
Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 10:51 PM


#5 from: Rick Blankenship
Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 7:14 AM

Linda & Family so sorry for the lost of such a wonderful lady.Peace & Love be with you all.  rab

#6 from: Mary Y. Lee
Marion, OH
Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 8:21 AM

My condolence to Gladys' family. The world is better because she was in it.  

#7 from: Chris Hegedus
Athens, GA
Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 9:59 AM

John, Kathy, Bill, and Lindy,

It saddens me to hear of Aunt Gladys' passing.  Take comfort in that she lived a long, happy life and that she now joins Uncle Bob, Aunt Frances and Mom.  I'm sure they're playing a rousing game of cards!

Love to you all,


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#9 from: Susan Hegedus
Paradise, California
Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 5:00 PM

John, Kathy, Bill, and Linda,
My condolences to you in this time of loss. Although I may not have been a part of your lives,  you and your mom have constantly been in my thoughts and heart. My memories of her are of strength and joy. Her smile is my mom's smile. She was my mom's sister and friend and the rock of the Rosebrough brood. I know my mom has been waiting for their joining again.

#10 from: Dana Kimes
Hoffman Estates, Il
Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 7:17 PM

John, Kathy, Bill & Linda --- So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. As so many have said, I, too, have many fond memories of your mother. In my opinion, she was one classie & intelligent lady. I was truly honored to have known her as well as your father. Dana Kimes

#11 from: Jack & Laura Williams
Newport, WA
Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 10:59 AM

To Gladys' family:

Jack, Ruth and I send our sincere condolences to you in the passing of your Mother.  I was a newcomer to LaRue in 1964 when Jack and I were married and I'll always remember your Mom for her wonderful smile, kindness, gracious nature and the welcome way she made me feel.  I know she was a good, and valued, friend and neighbor to Ruth and Eston and they truly cherished that relationship.  Her gentle spirit and personality will be sorely missed by those who knew her.  Again - our sincere condolences.  

Jack, Laura & Ruth Williams

#12 from: Steve & Clarissa Amstutz
Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 4:05 PM

Linda, Kathy, John & Bill
Sorry to hear of your Moms passing she and Bob were good neighbors if they only knew some of the stuff we did when we were kids, they'd probably tan our backsides. Keep up the faith, it's all worth it.

#13 from: Jim and Sandra Christy
Piqua, OH
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 10:32 AM

On behalf of my mother, Mary Florence Blue and our family, our sympathy in the loss of your mother.  I have fond memories and pictures and them spending time with my parents in Seminole Florida.  Embrace your memories.  

Jim and Sandra Christy
for Mary Florence Blue

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