Mary Christine Watkins, 85, passed away Thursday, August 26, 2010 at Gibson General Hospital in Princeton

She was born Oct. 29, 1924 in Woodburn, Ky. and had resided in the Wheeling community since 1945. 

She was a nurseís aide at Gibson General Hospital for many years and was Washington Township Trustee for 16 years. She was a former emergency medical technician who was in the first group of EMTís in Gibson County.  Mary Christine was a member of Wheeling United Methodist Church and their Missionary Society, Order of Eastern Star in Hazleton/Patoka, White Shrine through Hadi Shrine Temple, Rainbow Girls Assembly in Hazleton and very active in the Red Cross where she had been an instructor.

 Survivors include her five children, Joy (Bill) Gendren, David (Dorie) Watkins and Janice (Pat) Wildt all of Wheeling, Linda Sue (David) Klingerman of Hamilton, Ohio, Donald Ray (Cathy) Watkins of Elizabethton, Tenn.; a brother, Bishop Merritt of Franklin, Ky.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great- grandchildren; six great great- grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Watkins in 1986; parents, James Robert and Gladys (Harrington) Burgett; three brothers, James, Ray and Peely; four sisters, Violine, Sara, Shirley and Fay; and a granddaughter, Scarlet Wildt.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 2010 at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, with the Rev. Brian Cook officiating.  Burial will follow at Atkinson Chapel Cemetery near Oatsville.

Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Colvin Funeral Home.