Betty F. Spencer, 91, died peacefully on Saturday evening October
6th, 2018, at the Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Carlisle,
PA. “Babe” was the daughter of George Yates Field
and Winnie Davis Peets. Born on May 15th, 1927, in Wesson,
Mississippi, Babe was pre-deceased by her first husband and father of her three
children, John Charles Watkins (d. 1966) and by her second husband, Donald Eugene
Spencer (d. 1995).
Babe graduated from Copiah-Lincoln Jr. College in Wesson, MS, in 1946. On May 12, 1946, she married John Charles Watkins of Crystal Springs, MS. They had three sons: John Charles Watkins, Jr. (d. 2012), Glenn Yates Watkins, and Bruce Field Watkins. After graduation, Babe worked as a legal secretary for many years and later
entered the Federal Government workforce, retiring as a GS-13 Loan Officer with
the Small Business Administration.
In May of 1973, Babe married Donald Eugene Spencer and together they
resided in Statesville, NC, and then in later years, Las Vegas, NV, until Don’s death. Babe then
moved to Grand Prairie, TX, to be with her eldest son, John, and his wife, Jenny. Upon John’s death,
Babe moved to Carlisle, PA, to be with her youngest son, Bruce.
Babe was a person full of life and loved being a homemaker. A loving, giving
woman who staunchly supported her family and her children, she enjoyed hearing of the goings on of her children, grandchildren,
and great grandchildren. Babe is survived by her two sons, Glenn Watkins of Cumming, GA, and Bruce Watkins
of Boiling Springs, PA, her five grandchildren, and her six great grandchildren.
memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd,
St. John’s Episcopal Church, located at 1A North Hanover Street (On the Square), Carlisle, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
“Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center” and sent to c/o Bruce Watkins, 2 Mulberry Court, Boiling Springs,
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Betty was my stepmother, though I truly consider her
to be my second mom. A wonderful woman who blessed my life and touched my entire family. She blended us together. I miss her
greatly already. She wll always be a part of me.
May God grant blessings upon her soul.
Betty joined our family as my father's
second wife. She valued her faith and family above all. She enriched all our lives and was most devoted to our father.
We were blessed to have her as part of our family.
Donna S Dooley
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