Evansville, IN – Janet Marie Watkins, 77, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021 at the Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville. She was born on April 19, 1944 in Evansville to the late Charlie and Marjorie (Newman) Murphy.
Janet graduated from North High School here in Evansville. She was a member and President of Women in Construction, Beta Sigma Phi, and was a Justice of the Peace for several years until the State eliminated that office. As a Justice of the Peace, she officiated over quite a few marriages here in southern Indiana. Janet was previously co-owner of Zeller Elevator Company and later employed by Bristol-Myers in the 1980’s, mainly as a Batch Record Technical Assistant, working for 15 different engineers. At one time Janet was also heavily involved in politics, particularly United We Stand America. Janet also really enjoyed modeling, which she did for many years, from the 1960’s through the 1990’s. She loved fine clothing, beautiful purses, and high quality, stylish shoes.
But more than anything, she loved being with her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.
She is survived by her husband, Rick Watkins; her children, Louis M. “Zippy” Zeller, III (Angie) and Jessica M. Nuffer (Jason); her grandchildren, Amanda Marie Fox (Skyler), Casey Jo Bennett (Brian Bennett), Tyler Zeller, Gabrielle Nicole Arnold (Brandon Matthew O’Grady), Kassandra Christine Smith (Brandon Paul Smith); great grandchildren, Hayden Fox, Addyson Fox, Owen Michael Bennett, Parker James Bennett and Autumn Grace Bennett, Ellie Claire O’Grady, Benson Paul Smith, as well as her sisters, Kathy Murphy-Sweat (Shawn) and Keven Murphy.
Janet is preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Mike and Kerry Murphy.
A celebration of life will be held at the Watkins Home, 7907 Peach Blossom. Evansville, IN 47715 on Sunday, September 19th from 2-5 PM. If you would like to attend or need more information, please contact Angie Zeller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-455-6310.
Simple Cremation Evansville is entrusted with care.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tunnels to Towers at email@example.com (718-987-1931), or The Linda E. White Hospice House, 611 Harriet St. Evansville, IN 47710 (812-450-7021)