Olivia Katharine Coker • August 18, 2020
Olivia Katharine Coker, or “Libby,” passed away at her home in Pensacola, FL on Tuesday, August 18, 2020.
She was born November 10, 1942 in Birmingham, AL, the first of four children of Jim and Francis Low. She grew up in Washington DC, California, Alabama, and Mississippi, moving where her Navy father was stationed. She was an avid reader and loved skating and sports and going to the beach.
She married her first husband William Bruce Watkins, Sr., in 1957 while in high school in MS, and he was in the Air Force, and they moved to Kansas, California, Louisiana, and Tennessee. While raising a military family, it took her ten years to complete her bachelor’s degree, but only three more to earn a Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in Continuing Adult Education and Psychology and Counseling in 1977, with honors Suma Cum Laude. She was also invited to join Mensa. She divorced in 1979 and moved to Mississippi.
Libby worked in Biloxi with the Parks system managing their gymnasium, and in Gulf Port working with Job Corps, teaching skating and managing the skating rink. This is where she met her current husband Barrow “Barry” Coker and they married in 1983. They moved to Pensacola in 1986 where she helped Barry earn his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Software Engineering. Libby worked as a Rehab Consultant with various state and federal agencies, which she did until her retirement at age 73, in 2015. She also made sure her children were able to go to college. She enjoyed being with family and the grandchildren whenever possible, as well as history and reading a variety of books. Although thru these last 36 years both she and Barry have had various health issues and challenges which slowed her at times, she always stayed positive and determined to overcome any obstacle. She and her husband were long-time members of the Scenic Hills church of Christ. Libby was a dedicated wife and mother and grandmother, as well as a giving and compassionate friend to many people.
Libby Coker was preceded in death by her mother and father who raised her, Jim and Francis Low.
She is survived by her ex-husband William Bruce Watkins,Sr. and her husband Barrow “Barry” Coker, and her three children: William Bruce Watkins, Jr., George Michael Watkins, and Nancy Katharine Methvin; and grandchildren: Lydia May Watkins, Johnathan Lee Watkins; Michael Christopher Watkins; Brianna Nicole Methvin, Ian Bryce Methvin, Trevor Cayden Methvin, Shayne Reed Methvin, and Atom Cole Methvin. Her siblings James Edward Low, John Robert Low, and Eva Henrietta Moore.
A service honoring her life will be at the Pensacola Memorial Garden funeral home on Saturday, August 22, 2020 with a viewing and visitation at 10am, a funeral service at 11am, and burial immediately following at PMG, with Bro. Brent Missildine from Prattville, AL officiating. It will also be available via internet streaming and for 90 days after the service by entering this website address into the address bar of one of the compatible browsers (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on a Windows computer/phone or Safari on an Apple Mac/Iphone) and Adobe Flash Player is required.
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