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McConnell Funeral Home

137 North Main Street, Greenwood, AR

OBITUARY

Marie Watson

January 21, 1921March 16, 2020
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Vesta Marie Watson, 99, passed away March 16, 2020 in Greenwood, Arkansas. She was born January 21, 1921 to Calvin C. and Lela B. (Brown) Williams in Hackett, Arkansas. She was the oldest of five children. Marie worked various jobs but her favorite job was being a wife and mother. She loved gardening, sewing, quilting and crocheting. Many babies in Greenwood were wrapped in one of her crocheted baby afghans. In 1940, she married the love of her life, Olin Watson. They settled in Dinuba, California where they raised their three daughters. In 1977, they returned to Arkansas to be close to family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two sisters, Mary Wright and Kathryn Goforth.

Survivors include three daughters, Judy Clair and Keri (Larry) Rogers of Greenwood and Rita Clayton of Ft. Smith; granddaughter, Brandie Lutker; three step grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; one sister, Melba Irvin; one brother, Rudy (Linda) Williams; many nieces and nephews and her much loved church family.

A private family funeral will be held at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, March 20 with burial at Ramsey Cemetery. Viewing will be Thursday from 2 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 5 – 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held at a later time.

Pallbearers will be Steve Jones, Larry Daggett, Jody Daggett, Bruce Linam, Stanley Trotter and Allen LaFleur.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood Church of Christ, Mercy Hospice or a charity of your choice.

  • FAMILY

  • Mrs. Watson is survived by three daughters, Judy Clair and Keri (Larry) Rogers of Greenwood and Rita Clayton of Ft. Smith; granddaughter, Brandie Lutker; three step grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; one sister, Melba Irvin; one brother, Rudy (Linda) Williams; many nieces and nephews and her much loved church family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin C. and Lela B. (Brown) Williams, her husband, Olin and two sisters, Mary Wright and Kathryn Goforth.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Steve Jones
  • Bruce Linam
  • Jody Daggett
  • Allen LeFleur
  • Larry Daggett
  • Stanley Trotter
  • DONATIONS

  • Greenwood Church of Christ
  • Mercy Hospice

Services

  • Viewing Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Family Visitation Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Private Family Service Friday, March 20, 2020

Memories

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Sandy Gardner

March 20, 2020

Rita and family, Our hearts are breaking for all of you. Your precious mother is flying pain free and you will all meet her again on that distant shore. God bless and comfort you all at this most difficult time.
P.S.
Wish we could all be there but as President Trump requested, we are choosing to self isolate. Love you bunches.

Judy Canada

March 19, 2020

Keri and Larry so sorry for your loss. Moms are special and will always be missed. Loved looking at the family pictures. What a good family and memories you will have.

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Biography

Vesta Marie Watson, 99, passed away March 16, 2020 in Greenwood, Arkansas. She was born January 21, 1921 to Calvin C. and Lela B. (Brown) Williams in Hackett, Arkansas. She was the oldest of five children. Marie worked various jobs but her favorite job was being a wife and mother. She loved gardening, sewing, quilting and crocheting. Many babies in Greenwood were wrapped in one of her crocheted baby afghans. In 1940, she married the love of her life, Olin Watson. They settled in Dinuba, California where they raised their three daughters. In 1977, they returned to Arkansas to be close to family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two sisters, Mary Wright and Kathryn Goforth.

Survivors include three daughters, Judy Clair and Keri (Larry) Rogers of Greenwood and Rita Clayton of Ft. Smith; granddaughter, Brandie Lutker; three step grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; one sister, Melba Irvin; one brother, Rudy (Linda) Williams; many nieces and nephews and her much loved church family.

A private family funeral will be held at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, March 20 with burial at Ramsey Cemetery. Viewing will be Thursday from 2 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 5 – 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held at a later time.

Pallbearers will be Steve Jones, Larry Daggett, Jody Daggett, Bruce Linam, Stanley Trotter and Allen LaFleur.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood Church of Christ, Mercy Hospice or a charity of your choice.