Billie Dean Watson
December 16, 1922 – January 25, 2021
Billie Dean Watson was born December 16, 1922 in Wilson, Texas to Richard and Desima Mathews. She attended schools in Stanford and Abilene before entering Baylor School of Nursing School. There, she met and fell in love with one of her patients, William Floyd “Bill” Watson and they soon were married in 1943 (in secret due to school restrictions!). They made their home in Pecos, NM, and Roswell, but spent most of their life in Hobbs, NM.
In addition to raising 3 boys, Billie was actively involved in church life at Taylor Street Church of Christ. She and Gerry Cochran taught the 5 year old Sunday School class for 45+ years. She co-lead Bible Studies at the Lea County Jail for 12+ years. She also served in Lea County’s Hospital Auxiliary group (Pink Ladies) for decades.
Billie enjoyed several hobbies, including cake decorating, painting, sewing, knitting, gardening and making furniture.
After Bill passed in 1979, Billie enjoyed many years of world travel, including Hawaii, Europe, England, Australia/New Zealand, China, Scandinavia, Russia and Brazil.
Billie moved to Hurst, Texas around 2004 to be closer to family, where she became involved with activities at the Legacy Church of Christ, sending sympathy/get well cards to members and working with the Quilting Ministry.
Billie was the most optimistic person, had the most positive outlook and the sweetest disposition. She was a friend and mentor to many, was the best mom/mema, and exemplified a Christ-filled life well lived. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her three sons: Richard Neal and wife, Geri of San Jose, CA; William Randall ‘Randy’ and his wife, Dorothy of Boulder, CO; David Mathew and his wife Beth of Hurst, TX. Grandchildren include: Jeff Watson, Kim Borges, Matt Watson and Andi; Chadd Watson, Amy Braun and Jason, Tyler Watson, Nicole Maloney; Michal Anne Watson and Meg Watson; 6 Great-grandchildren and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to be sent to the 'Missions' Category for the Legacy Church of Christ at https://app.securegive.com/LegacyCOC/main/donate/category