Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Obituaries - Helen Eberts, Mattie Watkins

Helen H. Eberts, age 97, of LaBelle, passed away peacefully on November 9, 2016.

She was born Sep. 9, 1919 in Bayonne, NJ, to the late James J. and the late Helen P. (Maloney) Herbert. She was preceded in death by her husband James Eberts.

Helen was a devoted mother and grandmother and was very proud of her family. She enjoyed family trips to the beach, swimming and reading. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a heart of gold.

She is survived by two loving sons: John B. McKenna, Kevin (Carol) McKenna and two loving grandchildren, Doug and Mike.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 10:00 am at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, LaBelle with Father Chester Domaszewicz officiating.

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Mattie "Nanny" Watkins, age 85, of Lake Placid, FL formerly of Alva, FL passed away November 10, 2016. 

She was born on July 14th, 1931 in Yulee, FL to the late James P. and Mary Louise Blount Pendrey. While living in Lee County she was a 4-H leader for over 20 years, member of the Florida Cattlewomen's Association and worked for the Lee County School Board for many years as a bus driver and a cafeteria worker before retiring from Publix. 

She was "Nanny" to so many local families, helping to raise many of their children through 4-H or bus driving.

Children and survivors include: James "Bill" (Kristrun) Watkins, Vancouver, Washington, John Jay Watkins, Fort Myers, Florida, Steven Watkins (deceased) and Mary (Jack) Wiggins of Lake Placid, Florida. Seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, Brothers: J.W. (Carabelle) Pendrey, of Clayton, Georgia, Donald (Carol) Pendrey of Grand Ridge, Florida. Sisters: Marva Kerr of North Fort Myers, Florida, Helen Salmon of Naples, Florida, sister-in-law Jean Preston of Anthony, Florida, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband after 44 wonderful years of marriage: John C. Watkins, son: Steven Watkins, brother: Charlie Pendrey, parents: James and Louise Pendrey, and father and mother-in-law: Wilbur and Flora Watkins.

Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Tuesday, November 15, 2016 in Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle, funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in Alva United Methodist Church, 21440 Pearl Street, Alva, Florida with her granddaughter Rev. Sarah Watkins-Davis and Rev. Donald Rock officiating, interment will follow in Alva Cemetery.

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