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Mrs. Lorine Watkins

Mrs. Lorine Watkins, a dedicated educator, beloved wife, mother, sister, and cherished member of Yellow Springs, passed away on December 8, 2023, at her residence. Born on June 5, 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio, Lorine made a profound impact on the lives of countless students and colleagues throughout her 36-year career in the public school system.

Lorine’s passion for education led her to pursue an Bachelor’s Degree from Wilberforce University, where she met her soulmate and husband, Thomas E. Watkins Sr. Together, they created a warm and loving home, raising two sons, Thomas Jr. and DuShaun, who will forever carry her memory in their hearts.

Throughout her 34 years of service within the Springfield City Schools district, Lorine inspired her students and fellow educators alike. As a First Grade teacher, she nurtured the minds of young learners, shaping them into confident individuals ready to embrace the challenges of the world. Her dedication to education extended beyond the classroom walls, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of generations to come.

Lorine valued her faith deeply, and she was an active member of First Baptist Church in Yellow Springs. Her commitment to her church community was matched by her involvement as a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., where she fostered lifelong friendships and contributed to various charitable endeavors.

Outside of her professional and community commitments, Lorine found joy in creating beautiful arts and crafts. Her creative spirit and talent were appreciated by all who had the privilege of receiving one of her thoughtful handmade gifts.

Lorine Watkins is survived by her loving husband, Thomas Watkins, her devoted sons, Thomas E. (Vanessa) Jr. and DuShaun (Brette) Watkins, as well as her beloved sisters, Laverne Holmes, Sherry (Billy Hairston) Cephus, and Rose (John) Embry. She was preceded in death by her parents Virginia Ethel and Monroe Felton Ashely Sr and brothers Monroe Ashley Jr and George Ashely.

Visitation will begin at 10:00am; AKA’s Beyond The Wall Service will begin at 10:30am and the viewing will continue until time of service at 11:00am Saturday, December 16, 2023, at First Baptist Church 600 Dayton St., Yellow Springs. Interment to follow at Glen Forest Cemetery.

Lorine Watkins will be remembered as a resilient and compassionate educator who dedicated her life to shaping minds and empowering future generations. May her spirit of perseverance and commitment remain an everlasting inspiration to us all.

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