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Barbara Watkins, of Aitkin, passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at the St. Cloud Hospital. She was 69 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.


MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service.

INURNMENT will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Brunswick.

Memorials are preferred to the Aitkin Lions Club (P.O. Box 214 Aitkin, Minnesota 56431)

Barbara “Barb” Watkins, of Aitkin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at the St. Cloud Hospital. She was 69 years old.

Barb was born on July 21, 1951 in Minneapolis to Roy and Jean (Larson) Strandlund. She had three brothers and grew up in Columbia Heights, MN. In 1970, she met the love of her life, Lee and was married on October 17, 1970. They lived in Mounds View and Coon Rapids until health issues brought on an early retirement in 2010. They moved to their lake home on Cedar Lake in Aitkin, MN where they loved to camp, fish, enjoy the country and watch wildlife out of the windows of their house for 43 years.

Barb enjoyed traveling in their motorhome or 5th wheel to see the United States; West, East, North and South. Visiting the National Parks and seeing the animals in the wild and people you meet always brought smiles to her face.

Barb is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Rob Strandlund.

Barb is survived by her husband Lee of 50 years, sons Jeremy of Andover, Alan (Aimee) of Grand Junction, Colorado; grandchildren Zach, Alison, Nate and Rayna (Chis) Thompson.

The family wishes to extend thanks for the compassionate care given to Barb at Riverwood Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Medical Center and St. Cloud Hospital. At this time, no Memorial Service or burial has been planned due to Covid-19. The family wishes all memorials to be sent to the Aitkin Lions Club where they loved to donate time and effort for the greater good of the community.

15 thoughts on “BARBARA J. WATKINS”

  1. We are saddened to hear of Barb’s passing. Sad that she’s not here with Lee, her family and loved ones. Rejoicing however, that she is healed and able to see Rob, Roy & Jean and Jesus! Sending our prayers of comfort to the family.

    Love ~ Bob & Sheila Klym

  2. My deepest sympathy on Barb’s passing. I just could not believe it when I heard the news.
    She is no longer in any pain or discomfort and celebrating with Roy, Jean and Rob.
    Sending my love and prayers to Lee and family.

    Blessings, Paula Lundberg

  3. Out of 40+ grandchildren Algot and Beda Strandlund had, Barb and I were the two who were the same age. Growing up her mom Jean, used to make Christmas dresses for us. Same style, different color. In summer, we would run barefoot across hot side streets in Mpls. to reach a corner store and buy a popsicle. During family celebrations, we would picnic and roller skate at Fish Lake or sneak up and hide in the choir loft in Brunswick Lutheran Church.

    I always envied Barb because she lived in the city. I was from rural MN and the city was so exciting. Thanks to Barb’s mom, my godmother, we even learned how to twirl batons!

    I remember also envying Barb when she met Lee. They just clicked. Always such a cute couple. I wanted a relationship like theirs.

    No one would ever want to have Barb live in a body that was wreaked with inflammation and pain. But 69 is still young. I’m sure Barb and Lee had fun future plans.

    I’m grateful their children are grown and there for Lee.

    Lee, I am very sorry your life has such a void. I hope it helps to know that many friends and family are sad. She will be missed.

  4. Curt and I are so saddened to hear of Barb’s passing. Such a kind soul. Many wonderful memories on Cedar Lake in Aitkin. Campfires and homemade chili. And our fun memories bowling in Ramsay. Selling tickets every week for the end of the year Banquet and the “dart balloon money give away” that everyone looked forward to. Good times. She will be missed.

  5. Thank you Barb for being such a loyal and true friend for 56 years. I will miss you forever! So many memories that I will always have in my heart and will think of often. 💖

  6. One of many friends from junior high through high school…we went to prom together and she ordered the same thing I did at Little Jacks…Lobster Thermador…the next day I called and her mom said Barb had forgotten that she was allergic to shellfish! She was in the bathtub in Calamine lotion from the reaction. I will always have a warm spot in my heart for this lovely lady!!!

  7. Barry and I were so surprised that Barb was having serious health problems this fall. We didn’t get to know Barb and you until we moved to Aitkin. Barb and I were in charge of the Honeybees which use to be the Purple hats group. It was nice to know her even though it wasn’t that long. She will be missed.
    Barry and Joyce

  8. My heart goes out to all of you. Barb was younger than I was in the family so growing up, she spent more time at family gatherings with the ones closer to her in age. But our parents spent time together and being we both had three brothers, we would enjoy doing girl things together. She was always fun to see and visit with as the years went on and I have only good memories of Barb and her heartwarming ways. Glad her health struggles are over but she will be missed especially as wife, mother and grandma. Our sincere sympathy, Lee, Jeremy and Alan.

  9. Den and I were so sorry to hear the news of Barbs passing. Our thoughts are with you and Jeremy and Allen.
    Den and Kay Peterson

  10. Prayers and sympathy are sent to Lee, Jeremy, Alan and other family members in your loss of Barb. May you be blessed with many happy memories! Linda, Trista, Laura and Matt Delaney

  11. Our deepest sympathy to you, Lee, and your family in the loss of Barb. What a sweet lady. We enjoyed visiting here in Arizona.

  12. We were so sorry to hear about Barb. We were so caught up this year with all of our problems we didn’t know how sick Barb was. We feel so bad about that. We are doing really well now and if there is anything we can do let us know.

    Fred and Nancy Lane

  13. You have been in our thoughts, Lee, and we send our sincerest sympathy in the loss of Barb. Sorry this is late but happened to see your name on Facebook and was able to see the obituary. We always enjoyed any time we spent with you two and Marg enjoyed her visits with Barb very much. We send hugs to you as you mourn her good life and adjust to life without Barb.

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