Camilla Boyd Watkins

September 1, 1928August 2, 2018

Camilla Boyd Watkins, age 89, passed away peacefully on August 2, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Lonnie “Charlie” Watkins; her beloved daughter, Bonnie; mother and father; six sisters; and one brother.

She is survived by her children, Connie (Mark) Hudson, Lonnie (Shelley) Watkins, Ronnie (Cindy) Watkins, Donnie (Sherri) Watkins; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on September 1, 1928. Her parents were originally from Mobile, Alabama but moved to Corpus Christi when her father Clarence “Buck” Rencher took the job as the first harbor master for the Port of Corpus Christi in 1927.

During her life she worked as a telephone operator, sales lady at Lichtenstein’s, teller at Citizen’s State Bank, substitute teacher at Robstown High School and sold real estate for Calallen Realty Co.

Camilla was always happy, laughing and telling jokes. She loved nothing more than to enjoy a cup of coffee with friends and talk about her grandkids.

For years she and her sisters clowned with the Corpus Christi Alley of Clowns of America. They enjoyed entertaining in the Buccaneer Parade, hospitals and even took over City Hall as Mayor for a Day.

She could tell a great joke and especially loved the ones told by her Parish Priest, Msgr. Morgan.

She also loved to play slots at the Isle of Capri at Lake Charles, even in her older age after she lost her eyesight. She had to have a certain triple pay machine and could play it for hours.

She will be missed by her family and all her many friends, but will be remembered with a laugh as we recall her humor and all the happy times we shared with her.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Windsor Facility in Calallen for their kindness and loving care. Also, thank you to Christus Spohn Shoreline for their care.

Visitation will be held at Memory Gardens Funeral Home on Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Funeral Service will be held at Memory Gardens Funeral Home on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with Interment to follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.


  • Connie (Mark) Hudson, Daughter
  • Lonnie (Shelley) Watkins, Son
  • Ronnie (Cindy) Watkins, Son
  • Donnie (Sherri) Watkins, Son
  • Lonnie "Charlie" Watkins, Husband
  • Bonnie Watkins, Daughter
  • Clarence P. and Elizabeth Rencher, Parents
  • Six sisters and one brother, Siblings
  • Mrs. Watkins also leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren to cherish her memory.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Interment Friday, August 10, 2018

Camilla Boyd Watkins

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Narcille Morton

August 11, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Such a sweet and fun lady. Many good memories with this family. Reunited with Bonnie. Think of her often.

Cherilyn Young

August 8, 2018

Aunt Camilla was a special part of every visit to see family in Corpus Christi! Lots of memories of loving, warm conversation, laughter, and, above all, the sense of family and belonging that she created. My love and prayers are with you all!

cousin Cherilyn

Jacky Shelton

August 7, 2018

Camilla was a very special person who examplfied the very meaning of a loving, kindhearted and fun loving person. Sue Ann and I will never forget the way she as well as Charlie, Connie, Lonnie, Bonnie, Ronnie and Donnie made us feel so loved and accepted during the time we lived in Corpus Christi. She and her family will always have a special place in our heart. The world is a darker place without her and we love and miss her.

Tina Shelton Woods

August 5, 2018

What a lady she was!!! We all loved Lonnie Dale and Camilla!! They were both pretty amazing!!! I know my parents both loved them both so much!! Cant believe Daddy, Lonnie Dale and Camilla are both gone on to Heaven!! Time is passing to fast!! We love all you!! And we are praying!!