Susan Stevens Watkins
Susan was born Dec. 22, 1951, at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. She was the eldest daughter of Edwin H. and Mary E. (Nulton) Schroeder. As Edwin was in the Air Force, Susan grew up in Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin, Japan, Michigan, Ohio, England and California. She completed high school in Sun Prairie, Wis., and went on to earn her bachelor of science degree from Taylor University in Upland, Ind., in 1974.
Following graduation, Susan moved to Anderson, Ind., and worked as a manager trainee at JC Penney. On Sept. 14, 1974, Susan married her first husband, Dennis Stevens. They soon moved to Elkhorn, Wis., where Susan took a job as a dental assistant. In June 1978, Dennis and Susan settled in Madison, Wis., where they raised their three children. Susan was a loving mother and homemaker. While her children were young, she did in-home daycare and later worked for Middleton Baptist Church and the YMCA of Dane County. Susan moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, where she married Ron Watkins on Aug. 3, 2003.
Susan decided to enter into the real estate business and obtained her license while employed at Nelson Realty in Twin Falls. She later moved to Magic Valley Realty in Twin Falls and became one of the more successful realtors in the Magic Valley, attaining GRI and Associate Broker status. Susan was well known and respected both as a Realtor and citizen in the Magic Valley area. She was detail oriented and very loyal to her clients, working diligently to close her listings successfully. Susan was an active participant in the real estate business. She attended Realtor events both at the local and state levels and recently served as president of the Magic Valley Realtors Association. Susan was also an active member of Crossroads United Methodist Church in Kimberly, Idaho. She served for two terms on the board of trustees and acted as the listing agent for the Kimberly Heights Subdivision and for the new Crossroads United Methodist Church property. She worked closely with the building committee to help facilitate the move into the new church.
Susan was known for her gentle nature, her strong Christian faith and unselfish, humble approach when dealing with her clients, friends and loved ones. Susan was diligent in her approach to life and work. She greeted everyone with her beautiful, friendly smile. She was a hard worker, while loving life and people. She was a dedicated wife, mother, sister and friend to everyone she encountered.
She is survived by her husband, Ronald Watkins of Twin Falls; her children, Elizabeth Stevens of Middleton, Wis., Jonathan (Theresa) Stevens of Ladson, S.C., and Benjamin (Linnea) Stevens of Minneapolis, Minn.; her stepchildren, Jeanne (Ray) Tverdy, Gary (Ricki) Watkins, Lauri Watkins, Julie (Ty) Bybee and Marilee (Jeff) Mink, all of Buhl, Idaho, and Ronald Wayne (Heather) Watkins of Black Earth, Wis.; her grandchildren, Anna, and one on the way; her step-grandchildren, Andrew, Greg, Angela, Andrea, Tosha, Douglas Lee (deceased), Adam and Tara, Jonathan, Ty Jr., Jeremy, Raela, Amy, Ryan, Christian (deceased), Danny and Zach; her father, Edwin; and her siblings, Mark (Susan) Schroeder, David (Karen) Schroeder and Sarah (David) Jensen. Susan is preceded in death by her mother, Mary E. Schroeder.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Crossroads United Methodist Church, 131 Syringa Ave. in Kimberly, with the Rev. Gary L. Ross officiating. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the church. Burial will be at the Twin Falls Cemetery immediately following the service. A fellowship luncheon at the church will follow the interment.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 326, Kimberly, ID 83341.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parke’s Magic Valley Funeral in Twin Falls.