Sue Watkins, 82, of Tool passed away peacefully, Dec. 27, 2019, having said goodbye to her beloved partner of 52 years, Margaret Craddock. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled in coming weeks.
Sue was born Dec. 4, 1937 at Hope Cottage in Dallas. She was adopted at six-months-old by Dr. Elbert and Ethelyn Corrine Watkins in Longview.
She graduated from Longview High School in 1956, enrolled at St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing. She later obtained a graduate degree in special education from Texas A&M University.
For more than 39 years until retirement in 2003, Sue was a certified nurse practitioner with Dallas Independent School District and received many district, regional and state recognitions for her service as a medical professional and hearing/vision screening director.
At a junior high football game in 1967, Sue met Margaret. Nov. 15, 2015, after the United States Supreme Court recognized marriage rights for all people, they were married at their home on Cedar Creek Lake.
She was a devoted Dallas Cowboys fan, and loved to travel the world with Maggie. Together they trekked across the globe from Italy to Alaska, over mountains and through deserts. She cheered her beloved team, live, at seven out of eight Super Bowls. Most of all, she loved her family and friends, and had a contagious joy and strong will.
She is survived by her wife Margaret Craddock, cousins Linda Green and Charles Lyles, close friends Ricky Phipps and Joette Hannah, goddaughter Adrian Wheat and niece Beverly Trousdale, grandnieces/nephews Mary and Sean Dennehy, Elizabeth and Chrisopher Saunders, Joseph and Anh Trousdale, great-grandnephews/niece Samuel Falast, Michael and Phoenix Saunders, Tyler and Travis Trousdale.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Plus of Terrell, Humane Society or other no kill animal shelters nationwide.