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Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Isabel Caldwell Watkins, 84, passed away at her home Sunday, July 14, 2013. Her remains were cremated and a memorial service will be held in Eugene, Ore. at a later date.
She born March 25, 1929 to James H. and Vera Kafoury Caldwell.
Ish attended Curryville Elementary and Bowling Green High School, graduating in 1946. She then went on to graduate from the University of Missouri with a journalism degree in 1950.
She married Parry Watkins Jr. in Jan. of 1951.  They lived in Germany while Parry was in the service; then Menlo Park, Calif., Jackson Hole Wyo., and Albuquerque, N.M., where Parry died in 1991. Ish and her son, David, along with her mother-in-law, Hazel Watkins, moved to Branson, and then to Eureka Springs, Ark. In 1995 they moved to a farm outside of Eugene, Ore. to be near her other children.
Ish is survived by sons Guy and friend Margaret, David and friend Carol; daughter Debbie and husband Kenny Dickerson; granddaughters Emily and husband David Garrett, and Shannon and husband Zach Jaques; great-grandchildren Jackson, Temporance, and Merrick Garrett, and Kiley and Ridge Jaquesl; sisters Helen Caldwell of Springfield, Emily and husband Ray Odgen of Bowling Green, and brother Dr. Jim and wife Jeri Caldwell of Seattle, Wash.
She loved riding horses with her sisters and friends while growing up on the family farm near Curryville. She trained horses while in high school.
She was a talented craftsperson and an avid gardener, growing vegetables and flowers. Ish made beautiful wreaths and floral arrangements, which she sold along with her homemade jams, jellies, soaps, and lotions at her roadside stand at her farm. Memorials can be made to BGHS Alumni Association.