Ardis Ocelia Watkins

Ardis Ocelia Watkins, daughter of the late Thomas and Dora Buckson, was born in Chester, South Carolina, one of seven sisters and brothers.

Ardis Buckson moved to Baltimore City to start her adult life. Here she met and married the late Norbon Lafond in 1939 and from this union they were blessed with three children: Gladys, Melvin and Yvonne.

Throughout her adult life, she worked at John Hopkins Hospital and what was Baltimore City Hospital. Following her retirement from Baltimore City Hospital, she volunteered at Bon Secours Hospital for seven years, earning many awards.

She spent her life making the lives of others easier and more comfortable. Perhaps she will best be remembered for her big heart and outgoing personality. In every sense of the word, Ardis Watkins lived life and she lived it full of gratitude.

Sister Watkins gave her life to Christ and joined Mt. Visit Methodist Church at an early age. In the later years, she joined New Pilgrim Baptist. After moving to Turner’s Station, she joined Greater St. John Baptist Church.

In 1988, she joined Village Baptist Church and became involved in various committees. In 1999, she received an Unsung Hero Award.

Her family said she told them she was tired so “God decided to come down and take her away.” She peacefully slipped away from us on Thursday.”