MOUNT VERNON — Margaret J. Watkins-Skelton, age 87, of Mount Vernon passed away Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at her home with her loving family at her side.

She was born July 17, 1931, in Bellefontaine, to the late Lewis and Josephine (Nolan) Hatcher. Margaret was a life-long member of the Church of the Nazarene, teaching Sunday School and leading the Missionary Society. She received numerous Distinguished Service Awards from the Church of the Nazarene. She was currently a member of the Lakeholm Church. Margaret kept herself busy, but always made time for her family and loved the time she got to spend with them.

She is survived by her husband, Harlan Skelton; her daughter, Ondalee (Roy) Roberts-Sipe; her son, Ken (Elayne) Watkins; four grandchildren, Lynsey (Curtis) Patrick, Amanda (Darin) Prince, Bethany (Brent) Hohenberger, Lori (Tim) Lybarger; twelve great-grandchildren, Collin Lybarger, Rylin Lybarger, Seth Roberts, Kellen Patrick, Emilia Patrick, Miles Patrick, Cohen Prince, Adalynn Prince, Grayson Hohenberger, Annabelle Roberts, Max Roberts, Lulabelle Roberts; and her sister, Garnet (Don) Whitaker.

In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her first husband, Everett Watkins; her grandson, Sean Michael Roberts; two sisters, Mary Martineau and Shirley Hatcher; and her brother, William Hatcher.

Friends may call Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene, 16001 Glen Road, Mount Vernon, OH 4050. A funeral service will be held Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at the Church of God, 13160 Henry Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050, with Pastor Jason Harding officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Union Cemetery in De Graff.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church of God on Henry Road, Mount Vernon.
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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Margaret J. Watkins-Skelton.


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