In loving memory of

Martha Rose Watkins
September 2, 1993 - May 3, 2021

Martha Rose Watkins was born on September 2, 1993, to Raymond Jr. and Annette Martha (Halbur) Watkins in Visalia, California. A short while later, the family moved back to Denison, Iowa, to be close to Children's Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska for Martha's sister, Harlie. She attended St. Rose of Lima Elementary School and graduated from Denison High School in 2012. Following high school, Martha worked as a dog groomer and did boarding at the Pampered Pooch in Denison; that's where she fell in love with dogs. She worked as a bartender, as a welder and at a convenience store.

Martha loved live-music and going to concerts. She enjoyed camping and fishing with close friends. She cherished taking her dogs swimming at the lake and to the dog parks in Denison and Carroll; she loved her babies, Saphire, Pearl, Ox, and her kitten, Chicken Nugget. She loved life and her family. Martha was a giving person who would help anyone. Her brother, Dean, was her biggest support. He's always looked out for her. She was Daddy's girl and Momma's mini me. The Ritchie family was very dear to her, especially Alma, as she knew she could always go there for fun times, comfort and safety; they were her second family.

Martha passed away at home on May 3, 2021, at the age of 27 years, eight months and one day.

Martha was preceded in death by her younger sister, Harlie Watkins; grandfather, Raymond Watkins, Sr.; step-grandmother, Angel Watkins; and uncle, Dean Halbur. She is survived by her parents, Ray and Annette Watkins of Vail, Iowa; brother, Dean Watkins of Manilla, Iowa; maternal grandparents, Larry and JoAnn Halbur of Denison; paternal grandmother, Georgina Martin of Canada; three aunts and uncles: Brenda and Bennett Freese and their children, Mackenzie and Austin of Denison, Cindy and John Dinis and their children, Tanysha, Bevan, Philip and Lilian of Visalia, California; Ed and Sara Halbur and their children, Addison and Gabriel of Ankeny, Iowa; and other relatives and friends.

A viewing for relatives and close friends of her family will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Huebner Funeral Home in Denison on Friday, May 14, 2021.

A private family graveside service will be held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery.

The family will direct memorials.


Denise Freese Johnson wrote on May 16, 2021:

"Our deepest sympathies to you & your family. We send you peace for comfort, courage to face the days ahead & loving memories of Martha to hold in your hearts always. Denise Freese Johnson & family."

Janet Hoffman wrote on May 11, 2021:

"I will keep you all in my prayers."

Connie Dentlinger wrote on May 9, 2021:

"My heart is breaking for your family! I remember Martha as the sweet little Kindergartner. Many, many thoughts and prayers are with your family. ????" wrote on May 8, 2021:

"There are not enough words to explain our loss. We thought our love could make all better. You will always be our baby girl..... Love Your Tia Patty"

Joleen and Earl Schultz wrote on May 7, 2021:

"Our Sympathy to Martha?s family. "

Kathy Bauer wrote on May 7, 2021:

"I don't have words to fully express just how sorry I am to hear about your loss. Just know my heart breaks for your family. "

Jenny Gottsch wrote on May 7, 2021:

"So sad for loss sending prayers and and condolences for your family from Phillips Mum in UK x"

Jenny Gottsch wrote on May 7, 2021:

"So sad for your loss Sending condolences and prayers. From Phillips Mum Jenny Gottsch in the UK "

Jenny Gottsch wrote on May 7, 2021:

"So sad to hear this sending prayers and hugs to the family. From Phillips Mum Jenny Gottsch in UK x"

Sharon Irwin wrote on May 7, 2021:

"I only met you a few times but I am glad I did you will be missed. Hugs to you and your family"

LeeAnn wrote on May 7, 2021:

"Rest in peace "