Joyce Barbara Watkins


    Joyce Barbara Watkins of St. James, Missouri was born in Dillon, Missouri on May 7, 1933 to August and Frieda Alt Lupberger and passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at the age of 89 years.


    On June 21, 1967 at Flags Springs, Missouri she married Joe Watkins.
    Joyce’s parents moved from Germany to the Dillon Community where she remained most of her life.
    Her family owned and operated the Rt. 66 Restaurant for many years, where she and her sister waited on tables. She loved being a hostess and worked at Zeno’s Restaurant in Rolla, Missouri for 42 years.
    She loved her home and loved her many cats. She would sit outside at her picnic table and watch her cats and enjoy her garden and beautiful flowers. Joyce was a whistler, and when no one was around she would whistle to some of her favorite artists including Floyd Cramer.
    Joyce and Joe would visit many area amusement parks with the family including Kansas City, St Louis and the local Extravaganza at Vichy, Missouri. After her retirement she enjoyed crafts and attending craft fairs and enjoyed her farm.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, August and Frieda Lupberger; husband, Joe on December 10, 2004; two sisters, Claire A. Smith and Helen Briesmeister; two brothers-in-law, Lee Smith and Carl Pohle; and one step son, Joe Watkins Jr.
    She is survived by two step sons, David Watkins Sr. of St. James, Missouri and Dan Watkins and wife Susan of Rolla, Missouri; one step daughter, Mary Ellen Culp of Rolla, Missouri; one sister, Gussie A. Pohle of Rolla, Missouri; six grandchildren, Christy Sevart of Holt Summit, Missouri, Dawn Hurley and husband Matt of Rolla, Missouri, David Watkins Jr. and wife Sheila of Rolla, Missouri, Karissa Bowers and husband Justin of St. Louis, Missouri, Nathan Culp and wife Haylie of Neosho, Missouri and Cassie Elrod and husband Jason of Rolla, Missouri; five great grandchildren, Grace and Noah Hurley, David and Jordan Watkins and Gabe Elrod; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was held from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.
    Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri with David Watkins Sr. officiating.
    Pallbearers were David Watkins Jr., David Watkins III, Dwight Pohle, Nathan Culp, Dr. Matthew Hurley and Stan Runyon. Honorary pallbearer was David Watkins Sr.  
    Burial was at the Ozark Hills Memorial Gardens in Rolla, Missouri.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.