Mary Frances Nix Watkins

November 6, 1934 - September 13, 2023

11/06/1934 - 09/13/2023

Past Services

Monday September 18, 2023
11:00 am
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Mary Frances Nix Watkins, beloved mother, grandmother, and sister, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at Four Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care-Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, North Carolina. She was born on November 06, 1934, in Henderson County, North Carolina, and was the daughter of the late Fonzo Roosevelt Cornwell and Janie Elizabeth Cornwell McGraw.


Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband, George William Watkins, Sr., in 1987. She was also preceded by her brother, Charles Cornwell; and sister, Doris Ledbetter.


Mary lived a life filled with love, compassion, and dedication to her family. She was a pillar of strength and an inspiration to all who knew her. Her unwavering love and selflessness touched the lives of many. Her kind heart and gentle spirit will forever be remembered.


In addition to raising her five children, Brenda Joy Williams, Vickie W. McCarroll, Sandra R. Watkins, Bill Watkins, Jr., and Beth Case, Mary reveled in the joy of being a grandmother to five grandchildren. Her love extended to seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, who brought immeasurable happiness into her life; and her sister, Dean Lancaster of Weaverville, North Carolina also survives.


A graveside service to honor and celebrate the remarkable life of Mary Frances Nix Watkins will be held on Monday, September 18, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

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Diane Maguire
3 months ago

So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing , I was calling her today to invite her to Harriett Friedly’s Memorial and discovered this news . Mary was a devoted and kind friend to my Mom and they shared many years of laughter and adventures . Mary was creative and witty and strong in many ways . They are now both resting in Gods loving arms .
Diane Friedly Maguire

Trish Allison
4 months ago

Broke my heart to learn of Francis passing I always thought the world of her will cherish all the good memories we shared!

Bill and Cindy Watkins
5 months ago

She will be missed more than words can say.I thank her for always making me welcome, for always making me laugh with every visit, for genuinely loving with all of her heart.God wanted her home with him and so thankful we are that we will forever have memories what a true blessing that is.❤️