Faith was born October 25, 1942 in Lima, Ohio to parents, Rev. Clayton Coulter and Francis (Montgomery) Coulter who preceded her in death. She was the older sister to two brothers, Paul (deceased) and Tim who resides in Columbus, Ohio.
She attended grade school and junior high in the Lima area and graduated high school from Frankfort Pilgrim High School in Frankfort, Indiana in 1960.
In August 1, 1964 she married Rev. Joseph W. Watkins of New Madison, Ohio; and to their union was born four sons: Wesley Wayne married to Noelle of Moses Lake, WA., Rev. Marc Thomas married to Becky of Kokomo, IN., Rev. Michael Clayton of Noblesville, IN. and Philip Allen of Noblesville, IN.
Her pride and joy enriching her life to overflowing was her eight grandchildren: Jamyicafaye, Stephen, Joseph, Clay, Clarissa, Taylor, Maddy and Regan. No birthday went without a card and gift; an absolutely, positively, have-too!
It was in serving alongside her husband in ministry for 42 years that she was herself a missionary for eight years in the country of Zambia, Africa (where two of her sons were born). During their lives together they served the Wesleyan Church in the states of Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Indiana and Washington State.
Along with being a minister’s wife Faith served very successfully for 20 years in the capacity of Activities Director and Social Services Director in several nursing homes including Sycamore Village in Kokomo, IN; Vancouver, WA Nursing Home; combination of Social Services and Ombudsmen in the Pomeroy, WA. Hospital; Regency Nursing Facility in Indianapolis, IN; retiring at age 65 from American Village nursing facility in Indianapolis, IN.
Faith was a wonderful homemaker finding great joy in serving alongside her husband in the ministry of the Church where she was at her best entertaining guests in the home. Her Christian life glowed in serving others. She was devout in her own ministry of prayer counting it all joy to arise at 4:00 a.m. regularly, to the day she died to pray with her son Phil before he left for work each day.
Faith laid hold of the biblical promise, “I will never leave you nor forsake you!” making it her very own personal promise from God to her. She held this promise close to her heart as she slipped quietly from this life to her eternal reward at 9:44 a.m.; May 26, 2020 leaving behind a wonderful legacy of what it means to serve the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
Services will be held at 11:00 am, with visitation beginning at 9:00 am, on Friday, May 29, 2020, at Circle of Hope Wesleyan Church, 396 Park Street in Noblesville, IN. Burial will be in Greenmound Cemetery in New Madison, Ohio. Faith’s care has been entrusted to Randall & Roberts Funeral Homes of Noblesville.