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Lucie Watkins

A celebration of life for Lucie Luthi Watkins will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Red Wagon Restaurant on Combie Road and Highway 49 in Auburn.

Mrs. Watkins died Thursday, Feb. 9. She was 78.

She was born June 18, 1927, in Lucerne, Switzerland. She moved to America when she was 18 years old. In 1952, she married Ivan Watkins. They were the original owners of the Red Hat, a tiny cafe and gas station on Highway 49, back in the 1950s. She was a nurse at the Placer County Hospital for 12 years. She enjoyed her home country of Switzerland. She enjoyed her dogs and her cat, collecting souvenir spoons, stamp collecting, crossword puzzles, knitting, collecting ink pens and vacation postcards and Swiss music, traveling with her son, Danny who was her caregiver and companion for the past 10 years. She also enjoyed camping at Lake Tahoe and the Redwoods, her cactus garden and purple roses. She enjoyed her last vacation a week before her death in Palm Desert with all her children.



She is survived by her children Danny Watkins of Grass Valley, David Watkins of Palm Desert and Laura Watkins Chick of Temecula; sister, Margaurite Camredon of Switzerland; and twin brother, George Luthi of Switzerland.


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