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Alberta Watkins
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Alberta May Watkins, 84, of Shafter, CA died December 11th, 2017. She was born to the late Albert and Alice (Biggers) Lovelady in Santa Paula, CA on October 8, 1933. Alberta graduated from Compton High School in Compton, CA and was a graduate of Fresno State University. Alberta met Herbert Watkins in Fresno and they married April 9, 1954. Alberta was a school teacher for 41 years, 30 of those years at Richland Primary School in Shafter. She taught 2nd grade almost exclusively. She was a well-loved, dedicated teacher full of creativity and a flair for fun. Her love of teaching led her to volunteer in the classroom after retirement. She believed there was a way for every child to succeed. Alberta was an active member in the Shafter Church of Christ organizing and leading Sunday School, VBS and Super Thursday. Retirement didn’t slow her down. Five years ago she started a ministry to serve a hot meal on Thursdays for anyone in the community. Alberta was also involved in CBS (Community Bible Study). As a testament to her true nature of boldness, tenacity and determination, Alberta’s diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma in 2014 did not slow her down. She continued to fight to the very end. A special thanks is extended to Drs. Baer, Mokri, Isaak, Bichai and Nguyen as well as Brookdale Skilled Nursing, Carrington of Shafter and Bakersfield Community Hospice.

Alberta is survived by her 4 children: Herb and Sherrill Watkins of Shafter; Pam and Murray McMurray of Thackerville, OK; Cindi and Mike McNabb of Denver, CO; and Craig Watkins of Shafter. She is survived by 11 grandchildren: Jason and Lindsey Watkins, Natalie and Ojay McKendry, Becki McMurray, Jenni McMurray, Brett McMurray, Brian and Emily McNabb, Emily and Jerrod Monsees, Connor and Kate McNabb, Ashley Holcomb, Austen Holcomb and Clayton Watkins. She is survived by 12 great grandchildren: Isabella Watkins; Ojay Jr., Quest and Preston McKendry; Hollis and Ruby McNabb; Rowan, Miriel and Ada Monsees; Eleanor and Arlo McNabb; and Pearce Reisenauer. She is survived by 2 great-great grandchildren: Damien McKendry and Orion McKendry. She is survived by her sister Betty Pfleeger of San Diego. Preceding her in death were her husband of 60 years Herbert Watkins, her parents Albert and Alice Lovelady, her brother Albert (Bud) Lovelady and daughter-in-law Paula Watkins.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Shafter Learning Center through the City of Shafter at 336 Pacific Ave. Shafter, CA 93263 or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 10am at the Shafter Church of Christ, 850 Minter Ave, Shafter, CA.

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Shafter Church of Christ

850 Minter Avenue
Shafter , CA 93263


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