YOUNGSTOWN Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St., Youngstown, for Dr. Yvonne D. Watkins-Wagner, 65, who entered eternal rest on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at her home with her family by her side.
Dr. Wagner was born May 30, 1948, in Newark, N.J., a daughter of Charles W. and Jewell E. Page Watkins.
She had been a resident of Newark until 1954, moving to San Antonio in 1954 and to Cleveland in 1962, before relocating to Youngstown in 1968. She was an adjunct professor and had been employed with Eastern Gateway Community College as an English instructor for three years.
She was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Christ in Cleveland from 1962 to 1968, where she served as a Jr. Usher, Ambassador and Mass Choir Member. Upon moving to Youngstown, she joined the Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church, serving as head of the Ministry of Order, MTC Concert Choir, and manager of Tel-A-World Ministries Int.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her mother, Jewell E. Watkins of Cleveland; her beloved husband, Mervin D. Wagner, whom she married Nov. 9, 1968; her children, Megan L. (Curtis) Wagner-Ingram of Youngstown; two sisters, Jan L. Watkins-Wood and Rumae Watkins-Clarke, both of Cleveland; a brother, Ricky C. Watkins of Dallas; two adopted sons, David F. Hollis of Chicago and Chivas R. Whipple of Youngstown; godchildren, Dionne Corley, Christian J. Wagner, Cameron Brantley and Alexander Jones; several nieces and nephews; extended family; and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bishop Charles W. Watkins.
Friends may call Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home, and Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the New Bethel Baptist Church.