Shirley Watkins, 84, assistant principal

December 12, 2005

Shirley Elizabeth Watkins, a retired city school assistant principal, died Tuesday of various medical complications, including diabetes, at Roland Park Place, where she had lived for the past four years. She was 84 and resided for many years on Windsor Avenue.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Woodbrook Avenue, she was a 1938 Frederick Douglass High School graduate.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Coppin State College in 1942, a master's degree from New York University in 1951 and a certificate in advanced study in education from the Johns Hopkins University in 1967.

She taught in the Baltimore school system and retired as assistant principal of Rognel Heights Elementary School No. 89 after 34 years of service.

Earlier in her career she taught at School No. 110 on Waesche Street near Fremont Avenue.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sharon Baptist Church, 1373 N. Stricker St., where she was a lifelong member and served in many capacities, including at a food bank and for Feeding the Children.

Survivors include her sister, Eula Watkins of Baltimore, with whom she lived.

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