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Lorraine Sands-Watkins

Lorraine J. Sands-Watkins, age 96, of Willmar, died Thursday evening, May 11, at Bethesda Grand Nursing Home in Willmar.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 19, at Salem Covenant Church. A family interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be during the luncheon following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Salem Covenant Church Bus Fund are preferred.

Lorraine (Larry) Junice Sands-Watkins was born on June 30, 1920 in Willmar, Minnesota, the daughter of Lance and Alma (Anderson) Seastedt. She grew up in Willmar, living briefly in Kerkhoven and Minneapolis. In 1938, she graduated from Willmar High School and began employment at the Willmar Fur Shop. In 1941 Lorraine was united in marriage to Virgil "Bob" Sands. They lived in the communities of Willmar and Litchfield before Bob's death in 1984. On April 24, 1993 Lorraine was united in marriage to Morse Watkins and they made their home in Willmar. Lorraine was a member of First Covenant Church and was active as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, and high school youth leader, which eventually became the T.N.T. (Twenties and Thirties) group. She was also a volunteer at Youth For Christ (in the days before Campus Life) in Willmar. She was currently a member of Salem Covenant Church. Lorraine enjoyed music and had the gift of playing the piano by ear. She was  known for her work as a seamstress and excelled at entertaining people in her home.  Her one vice was anything chocolate.

She is survived by her two sons, Gary (and Carol) Sands of Huntley and Bary Sands of Winona; three step-children, Ron (and Kathleen) Watkins of St. Cloud, Bruce (and Jarolyn) Watkins of St. Cloud and Sharon (and Geoff) Miller of Plymouth; one stepson-in-law, David Plumb of Minneapolis; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one sister; Carol Wareberg of New London; one sister-in-law, Betty Seastedt of Fergus Falls; and many special nephews and nieces in addition to other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands, Virgil "Bob" Sands in 1984 and Morse Watkins in 2010; one daughter, Bonnie in infancy; one brother, Jack; one step-daughter, Kathleen Plumb; and one brother-in-law, Norman Wareberg.

Cemetery Details

Fairview Cemetery
Gorton Avenue NW
Willmar, MN, 56201

Celebration of Life

MAY 19. 11:30 AM

Salem Covenant Church

7811 135th St NW

Pennock, MN, US, 56279


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I grew up cousins with Bary and Gary. My Dad, Jack, was Lorraine's brother. My Mom always called Lorraine one of her sisters. I was the same age as Bary, so we did a lot of things growing up as families. We both loved little buns served on holidays, so the name of the buns became "Terry Bary buns" I remember visiting Bob and Lorraine on holidays in Litchfield, and playing in their basement and making crafts... specifically candles with wicks wrapped aro und pencils Somewhere along the line, she became "Raine" to me. I remember many visits with Morrie and Raine, and eating chocolate :blush: and enjoying harmonica hymns that poured out of Morrie's heart. They shared a lot of things besides their love for each other. They laughed that she was the eyes and he was the legs. Raine was precise and warm, a rare combination. She prayed for me in the difficult years and rejoiced when God sent me a husband that lives integrity and honor. Blessed be the memory of Lorraine "Raine" Sands Watkins.

Terry Martineau - May 17, 2017 at 07:58 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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