Irene Watkins, age 84, passed away Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at her home in Summit Township. Born October 31, 1926 in Breathitt County, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Corbitt and Vernie Wright.

Watkins, IreneIrene was a member of Summit United Methodist Church, the Young at Heart Senior Center, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Erie County Beagle Club. She loved fishing, taking long rides around the Peninsula, and finding a great deal at a flea market.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Hazel Noble and her granddaughter-in-law Helena Watkins.

She is survived by her husband of almost 65 years, John Watkins; her son, Donald Watkins and his wife Penny; her daughter, Debbie Savelli and her husband Michael; five grandchildren: John-Andrew, Melissa and Andrea Watkins, and Angela and Laura Savelli; also five great-grandchildren: Catheryn, Cheyenne, Vicky and Dakota Watkins, and Payton Hood; two brothers, Elmer Wright and wife Charlene, and Mervil Wright and wife Jerry, all of Dayton, OH; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut Street, Waterford on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be there Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. officiated by Rev. Lee Pomeroy, pastor of Summit United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Erie County Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association.