Leona Mae Watkins Calcutt, 83, passed away on Monday, September 17 in Columbia, South Carolina after an extended illness. She was happily surrounded by her family. Born in Cassatt, South Carolina, on December 11, 1934, she was the daughter of Bessie Ann Young Watkins and Jake Robert Watkins. She graduated from Midway High School in 1952 and completed her nursing degree in 1955 from the Columbia Hospital School of Nursing. Her nursing career spanned over 5 decades, and she will be remembered for her endless desire to serve others by providing nursing care and sharing medical knowledge. She worked as a Registered Nurse in Family Medicine, Rehabilitative Services and in Outpatient Surgery.
She married Stacy Lory Calcutt in 1956 and was married for 35 years. She belonged to Shandon United Methodist Church where she served in many volunteer capacities and was a member of the JOY Sunday School Class. She enjoyed travelling, working in her yard, taking long walks, cheering on the Carolina Gamecocks and keeping in touch with life-long friends and family. She was a loving and fun mother and grandmother and especially enjoyed spending time with her family during daily visits, annual beach vacations and holiday celebrations.
She is survived by her sisters Margaret Watkins Mertz and Barbara Watkins Pereira; and her children Lori (Buster) Yandle, Robert Calcutt, and Daphne (Lawton) Blackstone; and grandchildren Cary and Mary Elizabeth Yandle, Aaron and Joshua Calcutt and Grace Hanna, Foster and Emma Lea Blackstone; and a great-grandchild, Emileigh Laken Calcutt, as well as many wonderful cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one sister, Sarah Watkins Spears.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Friday, September 21 at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine Street in Columbia, South Carolina. A reception celebrating her life will follow the service.
Memorials may be made to the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation designated to The Columbia Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Scholarship -1600 Hampton Street, Columbia 29208 or to Epworth Children’s Home, 2900 Millwood Avenue, Columbia South Carolina 29205.