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Lucy Watkins

Lucy M. Papizan Watkins of Crystal Springs, died Tuesday, February 15, 2011. 

Visitation will be 5pm-8pm Thursday at Stringer Family Funeral Home in Crystal Springs.  Services will be 10am Friday at Stringer Family Chapel with burial in Crystal Springs Cemetery.  Stringer Family Funeral Home in Crystal Springs is handling arrangements.

She was a native of the Crystal Springs area.  Her parents were Oscar and Clara Stanley Papizan. She grew up during the great depression era, learning to work on the farm and after school working at the “Tomato Capitol of the World” packing sheds.
Lucy studied nursing at the old Jackson Infirmary under the guidance of the
Sisters in the early 1940’s.  She later married and started her family.  When
she went back to work she went to work with Bell South as a telephone operator saying “number please” until automatic dialing came into play.  She then transferred to Jackson to work, where she retired from Bell South after 36 years of service.
After suffering a stroke Lucy moved into the Copiah Living Center where she was a resident for over 8 years.  She was elected by the residents to be president of the Presidents Council.  She was always looking out for the other residents and their desires.  She stated “having studied nursing brings your eyes into a different view of things and people.”
One of her passions was writing poems about her surroundings, family and
friends.  She wrote several about her Lord and Saviour.  Lucy loved reading and meeting people in her “home” as she called it, she became known as the lady with all the beautiful pins on her jacket.  She was gifted by so many people and friends that passed through the living center with beautiful and thoughtful pins.  A friend state “Miss Lucy” was a light the shone as you entered the Living Center.  She loved her family, her living center family/friends and most of all God. 

Lucy was preceded in death by her husband, Lamar Watkins, Sr. and a son Lamar “Jack” Watkins, Jr. 

Survivors are son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Camille Watkins of Pearl; daughter, Nell Watkins Hollomon of Crystal Springs; 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

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