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Marcia Watkins Evans Loses Battle with Cancer

Marcia Watkins Evans and her son.

The Department of Biological Sciences lost a favorite teacher on Saturday, 28 November 2020. Marcia Watkins Evans, 42, lost a courageous battle with cancer. Ms. Watkins began her teaching career as a Lecturer at Eastern in 2008. She frequently taught Clinical Microbiology, Human Anatomy, and Human Anatomy & Physiology for students majoring in the health sciences. Ms. Watkins was regarded as a caring instructor who had a knack for making difficult subjects interesting and understandable. In particular, she loved teaching microbiology laboratory, showing students the characteristics of pathogenic microbes and the importance of proper aseptic technique, especially for nursing students.

Ms. Watkins often shared some of her personal story with her students as a way of motivating them to dig in and fight through adversity. She was born in Jamaica, but moved to Clay County, Kentucky as a child. She suffered her first bout with cancer at age 8. She graduated from Berea College and came to Eastern, where she earned an MS degree working with Dr. Marcia Pierce. During her adult years Ms. Watkins battled four additional occurrences of cancer. Nevertheless, she remained positive and focused on the future. This fall she began work in a doctoral program in education at Bradley University.

Ms. Watkins had an infectious smile and an encouraging word for everyone, particularly her students. She leaves behind her husband Dwayne Evans and their son Ethan, stepsons Tristan and Payton Evans, stepdaughters Liz and Lexi Evans, and sisters Barbara Campbell and Beth Watkins.

Published on December 10, 2020

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