Dorothy June Watson
May 6, 1928 – February 6, 2020
Dorothy June Watson, daughter of the late George and Frances Jenkins was born May 6, 1928 in Bristol, England. That is where, with the Second World War as a backdrop, she met the love of her life, a young American soldier, Sgt. Chester K. Watson. They were married on Valentine’s Day, 1946 in Bristol at the Parish Church, Westbury-on Trym and were inseparable from that day until her passing on February 6, 2020 with Chester and her family at her side.
After 20 years as a military spouse and loving mother to their six children, Dorothy and Chester began a new life traveling the country buying and selling antiques. Her favorite National Park was Yellowstone where she and Chester made many trips. She loved to travel to England and “dip her toes in the ocean”. She grew beautiful African violets in her home and sold them to a number of Colorado Springs florists. Her garden was another one of her passions which she filled with flowers, vegetables and fruit trees. She loved her dogs Sadie and Bobo and her cat Minnie, but more than anything she loved her family.
She is preceded in death by her son LCpl Kenneth Gary Watson in 1968.
She is survived by her husband of 74 years, Chester Kenneth Watson of Colorado Springs and her children and their spouses: Shirley & David Woodruff of Binghamton NY, Pamela & Daniel Guerriero of Buffalo, NY, Colleen & Donald Olynick of Woodland Park, CO, Maureen & John Parish and Alan & Terri Watson of Colorado Springs, CO. Also surviving Dorothy are her grandchildren: Rachel Benjamin, David Woodruff, Danielle & Stephanie Guerriero, Jennifer Fernand, Sandie Cockroft, John, Stephen & Madeline Parish, Allison & Michael Watson; and her great-grandchildren: Devon, Ella & Mia Woodruff, Logan & Wyatt Fernand, and Westin & Kaylee Cockroft.
Dorothy is also survived by her beloved twin sister Barbara Parsons and her husband Malcolm Parsons as well as numerous nieces and nephews in England.
- George Watson, Father
- Frances Jenkins Watson, Mother
- Chester Kenneth Watson, Husband
- Shirley Woodruff (David), Daughter
- Colleen Olynick (Donald), Daughter
- Maureen Parish (John), Daughter
- Alan Watson (Terri), Son
- David Woodruff
- Allison Watson
- John Parish
- Stephen Parish
- Michael Watson
- Logan Fernand
- Wyatt Fernand
- Jennifer Olynick-Fernand, Honorary
- Sandra Cockroft, Honorary
- Devon Woodruff, Honorary
- Madeleine Parish, Honorary
- Ella Woodruff, Honorary
- Westin Cockroft, Honorary
- Mia Woodruff, Honorary
- Kaylee Cockroft, Honorary
- Funeral Services Sunday, February 16, 2020
Dorothy June Watson
February 18, 2020
I'm so sad to learn of Dorothy June's passing. That's what my mom, Lee Beyer, called her dear friend for as long as I can remember. I can see Dorothy June and Chet at the City Auditorium on Antiques Saturday. Such a wonderful couple... I am grateful to have known Dorothy June and for my late mother to have been her friend. May her memory be a blessing. Keeping her family in my thoughts and prayers. Jeanne Beyer
February 13, 2020
To the entire Watson Family in memory of dear Dorothy or as I knew her, "June's Blooms" the Violet Lady. Dorothy brightened up my flower shop (Colorado Springs Florist) for years every time she entered it with her beautiful and unique violets. Her soft demeanor and sweet British accent were a bright spot in my day. Also, for many years I would see her and Chester at the City Auditorium in their booth of antiques and treasures. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for her. I wish you all peace and loving memories that will sustain you now and in the future.