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Diane Marie Watkins, 71, of Sedalia, MO died Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Mercy South Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Diane was born on September 22, 1949.  She grew up on her family’s dairy farm in central Minnesota.  She graduated From Foley High School in Foley, Minnesota in 1967.  She went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a degree in Education and later received a Masters Degree from Central Missouri State in Warrensburg, Missouri.

She was married to John W. Watkins on July 8, 1972 in Foley, Minnesota.  They lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota before moving to their home near Otterville, Missouri.

Diane spent her career as an educator and guidance counselor.  This included time spent at Otterville, Smithton and Northwest High Schools, Smithton Elementary School and later in administration at State Fair Vocational Tech and Community College.  Her caring personality brought her into the lives of many students and parents over the 30 years she spent in those schools.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and parents, Franklin and Ethel Meyer.  She is survived by her loving family, including her son, Matthew R. Watkins and his wife, Kate, of St. Louis, Missouri, as well as two grandchildren, Grace and Walker Watkins; her siblings Charles (Von) Meyer, Gary Meyer, and Anita (Don) Deuel, who reside in Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.

Diane will be remembered for her passion and commitment to her work, notably the amount of time and care she put into all of her students.  As a former home economics professor, she enjoyed spending her limited free time doing crafts and sewing projects.  She was strongly committed to her family and would put all of her love and energy into making sure everyone was loved and cared for.  On nights she wasn’t attending sporting events involving her son or students, you could find her watching the St. Louis Cardinals.  It is not possible to put into words the impact she has had on so many lives.

The family will hold a private graveside service at Sunset Burial Park in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, October 2.  A memorial scholarship will be established for Diane. Those wishing to make a contribution can contact the funeral home for details.