Mary Alice Atchley Watkins, 93, of Somerville, AL died peacefully at home on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
She was born on November 25, 1926 to the late Richard and Alice Atchley. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Hoyt Watkins, brothers Harold and Andrew Atchley, and sister Edna Mae Martin. She is survived by her sisters Juanita Duffey of Trinity, AL and Bernice Miller or Crane Hill, AL, brother Douglas Atchley of Weaverville, NC, daughter Jan (Bobby) Daugette of Somerville, AL, grandchildren Cliff (Whitney) Daugette of Mobile, AL, Ashley (Anthony) Clemons of Elizabethtown, KY, and 4 great-grandchildren.
Mary was the epitome of strength and grit. She would do anything that she set her mind to and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. She loved fiercely and kept many mementos of special events that she attended, such as wedding invitations and graduation programs. The pictures that filled her home are a testament to the love that she had for her family.
She was a long-time employee of the Morgan Farmer’s Co-Op and could be found dipping seed and watering plants at both the Decatur and Hartselle stores. Her love of flowers also kept her busy at home. Visitors would often find her working in the yard, even when she was 90 years old!
She was a member of Shoal Creek Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with the ladies in her Sunday School class.
A funeral service will be held at Peck Funeral Home at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 15, 2020, with Rev. Harold Fanning, Rev. Earl Holt and Rev. Mahlon LeCroix presiding. Burial will be at Somerville Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 1:00 PM to service time at Peck Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Miller, Randy Miller, Steve Atchley, Jeff Duffey, Mike Duffey, and Greg Duffey.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley.
Peck Funeral Home
1600 Hwy 31 SW
P.O. Box 427
Hartselle, AL 35640
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