Theda D. Watkins

October 18, 1916 ‒ November 03, 2008

Delaware, Ohio

Theda Dolores Watkins, age 92 of Delaware passed away peacefully on November 3, 2008 at Delaware Court surrounded by her family.

She was born on October 18, 1916 in Delaware to the late William M. and Ellen Melissa (Johnson) Craig. A lifelong resident she had attended both the South and Delaware High Schools.

Theda left her legacy of hard work and determination when she retired after 37 years of continual employment in downtown Delaware. In 1949 she was hired by F.W. Uhlman and became the first black store clerk to work downtown Delaware, working at the W. Winter St. store for 27 years. Theda then worked as deputy clerk of the Municipal Court small claims under Judge Nino Sferrella and retired on December 31, 1984.

Throughout her life she had been affiliated with the Zion AME Church, St. Mary Church, and the Morning Star Tabernacle. A volunteer with Grady Memorial Hospital and member of the Willing Workers, she had also worked as a precinct committeewoman for Second Ward-D.

Never one to complain, she possessed a talent for interior design and in her day was an avid bowler. She took pleasure in watching the sporting events of her grandchildren. She also closely followed the Cleveland Browns and was a fan of the Georgetown University and Notre Dame football and basketball teams. Always energetic and strong willed, at times she could be a bit feisty, and will be remembered for her style, spirituality, and astute qualities.

Survived by her daughters: Phyliss (Richard) Burke of Highland Hills, Patricia Hughes, Cheri Herrell both of Delaware, siblings: Ruth Wilson, Betty Williams, Collins “Bud” Craig all of Delaware, and Chester “Briss” Craig of Buckeye Lake, 9 Grandchildren: Joseph (Cindy), Jonathan, and Jerry Bridges, Kelley (Rodney) Hubbard, Leslie (Ohene) Boateng, Sherri Herrell, Scott (Angela) Burke, Lauren (Mark) Bennett, and Shelley Bohanna, 11 Great-grandchildren, 1 Great-great-granddaughter, other relatives, many friends, and faithful dog, Missy.

Also preceded in death by her daughter: Marcia Eljean Bridges and former husband Ward Watkins.

Friends may call at the Zion AME Church Saturday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m., where services will begin at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Madonna Gray and Minister Allison Stradford officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery. The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Delaware is honored to serve the family of Theda Watkins.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Zion AME Church.

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