October 9, 2012
Florence L. Watkins passed away peacefully Oct. 4, 2012, at the family home in Issaquah.
Florence was born Oct. 31, 1933, in Snoqualmie, the oldest child of Cecil and Dorothy Simpson.
She graduated as the valedictorian for Mount Si High School class of 1951. In September 1952, she married Walt Watkins and the couple settled in Issaquah, where they lived until his passing in November 1994. She later enjoyed seven years with John Meyers in Seven Bays, until moving to be closer to her daughters.
Florence enjoyed a variety of hobbies in her life. She was an avid fisherman and loved to travel. She loved playing cards with her friends and dominoes with her grandchildren. Florence enjoyed league bowling, and was gifted at needlepoint and knitting. She was also a lifelong member of the Order of Eastern Star.
Florence defied the odds by beating pancreatic cancer after being diagnosed in spring 1999. She proudly participated and supported Relay for Life events through the American Cancer Society in Seattle and Colville.