Elaine Marie Watkins, a longtime Playa del Rey resident and former Argonaut newspaper employee, passed away Jan. 4. She was 74.

Watkins was born Oct. 17, 1936 in Wheeling, W.Va.

She had a long career working for studios doing credits and subtitles. Subsequently, Watkins became an employee at The Argonaut, where she worked in classified advertising for many years.

She also found enjoyment working on the annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade.

Watkins’ family said she made friends wherever she went, and her kindness, wisdom and sense of humor will be missed by many.

She is survived by her son, Gregg Yochum; daughter, Donna LeBlanc; and son-in-law, Ron LeBlanc. Watkins was preceded in death by her daughter, Tobi Lyn.

A memorial service is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14 at Forest Lawn-Glendale, at the Wee Kirk of the Heather Chapel, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale.