Joretta Joy Watkins

January 11, 1931June 7, 2013
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Joretta Joy Watkins, 82, retired Cessna employee, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Myra (Brown) Gordin; husband, Richard E. Watkins; daughter, Renee G. Thompson; and great-grandson, Zachary.

Joretta is survived by her daughters, Richelle (Randy) Rariden, Jennelle (Trent) Hardison, and Susan (Mark) Betournay; son-in-law, Rick Thompson; brother, Nelson Gordin; sisters, Virgie McKneely and Sharon Bowman; grandchildren, Brett Rariden, Vanessa (David) Horsley, Starlyn (Troy) Tayrien, Mikee (Michelle) Crabtree, Season Amos, Nick Amos, Natalie (Steve) Heersche, Jessica (Jake) Moss, Clint (Tiffany) Thompson, Courtney (Dan) Brewer, Cassie (Colby) Sullivan, and Corinne (Dan) Bedford; great grandchildren, McKinzie, Lauren, Grayson, Abby, Ethan, Jack, Max, Rocky, Jillian, Cash, Evan, Gavin, Easton, Katlin, Chadrick, Cooper, Cohen, Austin, Korbin, Jaydin, Gabe, Alex, and Joe.

A visitation with Joretta’s family present will be held from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary, 201 S. Hydraulic, Wichita, KS 67211.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013, Greenwood Cemetery, 6231 West 47th South, Wichita, KS 67215.

A memorial has been established with Harry Hynes Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202.

Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 12, 2013
  • Graveside Service Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Rebecca Kelch Mitchell

June 14, 2013

Sorry for your loss, may the whole family be blessed with God's light at this difficult time. I remember Joretta from childhood when the Gordon family lived "next door" which was about a mile away from our farm.

Susan Leivian Boorn

June 14, 2013

You will be missed! I always enjoyed our visits. You were like my second mother. Your are now with God and Renee... Rest in Peace... Love you both!!!

Joy Pearson

June 12, 2013

May your hearts be filled with the wonderful memories of joyful times together.

Nancy Crabtree

June 12, 2013

Joretta was a gracious and sweet lady--always kind and friendly. I'm glad I got to know her if only a little bit. She raised some AMAZING daughters and that says a lot about who she was. My love to all of you.

Mike Crabtree

June 11, 2013

Many,many great memories from years gone by. I will always love and remember your humor and how you always had a camera to catch everything that went on.

Mike Crabtree Sr.

Cassie Thompson Sullivan

June 11, 2013

Good bye grandma I will miss you with all of my heart! Please give my momma a big hug and a kiss for me!

June 10, 2013

We had a lot of fun at Cessna. We worked hard and got the job done. Rest in peace, Joretta

Susie Thiel

June 10, 2013

Rest in peace Joretta ... We had a great time building wire bundles for Cessna.She was fun to work with.

Stormi Foster

June 10, 2013

I am going to miss you a whole bunch,auntie mom!Iknow that you are at peace now. I love you

Gavin Amos

June 10, 2013

I love you Darlin i will miss every happy moment we had together. I will never get the fun moments we spent through out your happy life. I love you and will never forget you. Rest In Peace Darlin....