Coretta Ann Watkins

April 7, 1968 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 55) 55 Years Old

Coretta Watkins Life Story

Coretta Ann Watkins was born on April 7, 1968 to Bertha  Lurlene Byron and Ocie Lee Jenkins in Batavia, New York. She passed away in her Alto, Michigan home on Sunday, January 7, 2024 at age 55.  Coretta was the fifth of seven children and shared a tight bond with her family. She was extremely caring and nurturing, even as a child, and she was also very smart. So smart, her siblings lovingly but sometimes teasingly called her “brainiac” and “bookworm” because she loved to learn, and she loved to read.

Coretta also loved sports and in high school, proved herself quite the athlete in track & field and in basketball. Academically, Coretta was always an honors student and became a  member of the National Honor Society and an active participant and officer in various school clubs.  After highschool, she joined the Army where her accomplishments include: she became a medic, met the love of her life (her husband,  Terry), and gave birth to her only child, her son,  Terrance. After the army Coretta pursued her medical career,   becoming a registered nurse in 2001 and receiving her  Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree in 2020.

Coretta was selfless and nurturing, always putting others before herself. She made you believe that whatever you wanted to do, you can do it. Using her favorite motto “Where there’s a will there’s a way” as a boost of encouragement for you  to not give up but to keep striving towards your goal.  She always went out of her way to empower and encourage her loved ones.  Coretta was a very devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. At her core, was caring for the well-being and care of her grandson, Jeremiah. She always made sure that every one of his needs were met and she wrapped him in love.

One more thing about Coretta: she was a genealogy fanatic. She spent over 20+ years researching her maternal family history and spending countless hours in libraries determined to trace her family history back as far as she could. Through this  tenacious pursuit, she connected family members that never knew each other and uncovered family records dating back to the 1800s -and as a Black Person from the U.S.- that is quite amazing!
Out of the multitude of things we will remember and miss most about Coretta, are her positive energy & attitude; her determination and depth of character; her laugh and sweet smile; and her unflinching willingness to support, nurture,  and care for others. She was truly a remarkable and beautiful soul.

Coretta, you graced each of us every single moment you were here. We will always hold you in our hearts and we will love you forever.

Survived by:
Her husband, Terry Watkins; son, Terrance Watkins; stepdaughter, Romelle Watkins; grandchildren, Victoria Watkins; Isaiah Watkins; Jeremiah Watkins; siblings Valerie Myers of Rochester, NY; Patricia Byron-Edgerson (James) of Charlotte, NC; Deborah Byron of Rochester, NY; Duncan Byron of Rochester, NY; Lisa Jenkins (Arthur) of Rochester, NY; Teej Tiawana Jenkins-Routier (Adam) of Rochester, NY; aunt Charlotte Jones (Robert) of Rochester, NY; 10 nieces and nephews, a host of greatnieces/nephews, and cousins.

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January 17, 2024

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Toombs by Crystal Funeral Services
2108 Peck Street
Muskegon Heights, MI 49444

Celebration of Life
January 17, 2024

1:00 PM
Toombs by Crystal Funeral Services
2108 Peck Street
Muskegon Heights, MI 49444


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