Theresa (Zenzayer) Watkins, 56, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at home surrounded by her beloved family. Born in Daytona, FL and previously residing in North Carolina; she has lived in Wilbraham for over ten years.
Please, right now as you are reading this, imagine that feeling that you get when you’re driving in your car on a warm day with the windows down and your favorite song is playing on the radio. That feeling, what could best be described as “pure bliss”, is what it felt like having Theresa in your life. Not only would she give her friends and family endless amounts of love and compassion; she would also be able to brighten up even the worst of days by making you laugh. She was one of the most selfless people you could ever meet and always made sure her family and friends were well taken care of. Her most memorable trait, no matter who you ask, was her laugh and ability to make others laugh.
Her family adored having her around to spend time with them, as well as to bicker back and forth with. Theresa’s husband, Vernor, would watch (at least weekly) as Destyni and Theresa would argue about pointless issues; He felt like he was listening to Theresa and her clone! However, Theresa was so skilled with her words that she would always make sure that she got the last word in. That is one thing that was so loved about her; she spoke the truth to whomever and always had a lot to say. Theresa’s husband, a man of very few words, always has said that Theresa spoke enough for the both of them! (Which always made Theresa laugh because she knew it was true!) Destyni’s partner, Bradley, started living with the family a few years ago and also got to see the clones on repeat! Although being very protective of her only child, Theresa grew to love Bradley and treated him like her “other brat” (as she would call him) from day one. That was the type of person she was; she made sure he had clothes, food, a ride to work and more. On holidays, not only would she make the holiday special for our family at home, she would also make an extra cream-cheese pie or Easter cake to bring over to Bradley’s family’s house as well. The Watkins Family will continue that and keep her memory alive in their hearts and through the compassion that they share upon others in the world. Theresa’s daughter is a lot like her in other ways too and follows in her mother’s footsteps in terms of the love and compassion she possesses. Theresa’s mother whom she adored with all of her heart, Barbara, has dementia but will be sure to keep her spunky attitude alive as well.
If you were to ask her friends what they thought of her; they would let you know that she was always available to talk and give advice no matter day or night. Many of her friends’ children even called her “Ma” or at least thought of her as a second mom in their lives. They remember her infectious laugh and an amazing sense of humor that we all strive for. She had a beautiful heart, made everyone feel welcome at her home, and would be the life of the party. Theresa was the type of person who could talk to and get along with every person that she met. Each person who met her was sure to never forget her and the smile that she brought to their face as she, so naturally, cracked a clever joke.
Theresa loved crafting, cooking, and spending time with her family and pets. She also enjoyed taking care of her plants, playing board/card games and spending the day outside when the weather was nice.
Take your time to grieve the loss of the physical presence of Theresa but do not be sad that she is gone; be happy that you had the opportunity to spend time with her while she was still physically here. (She will never truly be gone)
And please, next time you’re driving in your car on a warm day with the windows down and your favorite song is playing on the radio and you get that serene feeling... take a moment to think about Theresa.
Theresa was predeceased by her father Michael Zenzayer, and her uncles Colin Williamson and Julius Williamson (whom are the reason The Watkins Family moved to Massachusetts in the first place). She will be sadly missed by her mother Barbara Zenzayer, her husband Vernor Watkins, cherished daughter Destyni Watkins, Son-in-Law Bradley Vicaire, (Pet dog) Maxx, (Pet bird) Specks, brothers William and John Zenzayer and sister Linda Hefner, as well as many other family members and friends. Theresa’s Funeral Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Wilbraham Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
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