Marlene K. Watson

February 2, 1937May 11, 2010

WATSON, MARLENE K., 73, OF Margate, FL., passed away May 11, 2010. Dear sister of Patricia (Bill) Michelin. Beloved mother of James (Jeanette) Watson, Helene Atkins, Patricia (Bob) Parte and Jean (LaRue) Swayze. Also survived by 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. She was a beloved mom and nana to all. Family will receive friends Friday (today) 1 to 4 PM at the Funeral Home with a Eulogy and service at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, family requests donation in her memory to be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 252 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Deborah Heart & Lung Hospital, 200 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, NJ, 08015. Arrangements by Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 1655 University Drive, Coral Springs, FL. 954-753-8960. Arrangements under the direction of Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Margate, FL.


  • Memorial Service Friday, May 14, 2010

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Bill Michelin

October 28, 2010

Aunt Marlene, MOM (my other mom), I can't believe it's been over 5 months since you left this earth to go home to be with our Lord. I was Truly Blessed to have you as my Aunt and also as my other mother. You were always there when I needed you and I thank God for the good times we had to share. When you moved to Florida, you brought to me my brother, Jimmy and three more sisters; Angel, Pat-Pat and Jeanie-Beanie. We were cousins, but we all acted more like siblings. We all have you to thank for keeping us all so close.

I'll always remember spending almost every weekend at your house, watching Creature Features into the wee our hours of the night. Or, playing crazy eights all night around the kitchen table. Doing crazy stuff with Jimmy that your sister (my mother) probably still doesn't know about, but you always covered for me. Like you did for so many, you treated me as if I was your own child. I will always cherish those moments and so many more.

You were loved by so many and you touched so many lives while you were hear. To hear people still talk about you, makes me smile from ear to ear. Your children, grand-children, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family miss you terribly and even still hurt for their loss, but they know your pain is gone, there is no more sorrow and they will see you again. I know that when you got to Heaven, Jesus said; "welcome home good and faithful servant."

It was an honor and a privileged to be one of the speakers at your funeral. When I was asked by your children to speak and and say a Prayer...I was truly touched. As you know, I've been diligent in my study as a Lay Pastor since I lost your grand-nephew and my son Garrett. Knowing that you would get to see him and have him and the rest of our family welcome you into Heaven was very comforting. I came up with all kinds of scripture that I wanted to share and studied it for hours the night before. When it came time to talk, I put it all aside and told the congregation I wasn't going to read from my notes, but instead share what you meant to me and so many others. I have to admit, it made me cry because I missed you and recalled so many memories. If I had stuck to my notes, I probably wouldn't have cried (as much), but I wanted the others to know what I remember most about you. How generous, giving, selfless, fun-loving, caring, lovable, honorable, carefree, awesome mother, friend, sister, wife, aunt and Nana they knew ..They didn't need to hear me preach.

I Love you so much and miss you lots. I look forward to seeing you and Praising God together.

Your nephew and son, Billy3

Jimmy(butch) Watson

September 13, 2010


I am not too good at this but I am going to give it my best. You are ana amazing grandma. I would not ask for anything more. You were always there for us when you needed to be. Always there to give advice, or tell us how it was when we were wrong. I love you and miss you so much that it hurts knowing your are not here to call when I want too just pick up the phone and talk to you. You kept this family together for all these years. I remember when I was younger, getting out of school and driving to your house just to see you for a little bit before I had practice. You were one of the strongest person I have ever known. But I know you are in a better place where you are no longer in pain.And I know you and Taylor are watching out for eachother and having fun. So instead of me saying goodbye, I will say see you later, bc I know I will see you later. I love and miss you so much.

Jeanette Watson

September 10, 2010

Celebrating a life well lived. Cherish the memories forever. Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Here Marlene dwells with God above. Here, there are no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love. Please do not be unhappy just because she is out of sight. Remember that she is with you every morning, noon and night. That day she had to leave you when her life on earth was through, God picked her up and hugged her and He said, "I welcome you." God gave her a list of things, which he wished for her to do. And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you. And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight. God and her are closest to you.... in the middle of the night. When you think of her life on earth, and all those loving years because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears. But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain. She wishes that she could tell you all what God has planned. But if she were to tell you, you wouldn't understand. But one thing is for certain, though her life on earth is o'er. She’s closer to you now, than she ever was before. There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb; but together you can do it by taking one day at a time. When you're walking down the street, and you've got her on your mind; she’s walking in your footsteps only half a step behind. And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free, remember you're not're coming here to her.

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

As Marlene alwasy said “So Long”, never goodbye!

Jeanette (daughter-in-law)

Dinky Doodle

August 15, 2010

Nana, I just wanted to say I love you and how rough life is without being able to call you anytime just to tell you what nonsense I have been up to. I miss you just the same as I did the day I heard the news. You always told me there are no goodbyes as we all meet at the big party upstairs... well I hope that is the case because knowing I will see you again one day gives me a reason to behave down here. You were the roof that sheltered this family from rainy days, the windows that let the sun in, the walls that kept us all together, the floor that would burden the weight of our falls, and the foundation that let us build our own families like you built ours. You were the greatest woman that ever lived... you never lived for yourself only for your family and would have gone to the ends of the earth for something we wanted for christmas. You always believed in me no matter what I said I would do when I grew up. I love you Nana, I see you when I sleep and at times when I close my eyes. See you at my graduation.

James Watson III

August 7, 2010

Thank you for the 4 wonderful children and the memories.

Joyce Massie

July 20, 2010

Marl, thanks for being there for me when I needed you. I will never forget all the time we spent in VA Beach. Thanks for being there for me. Love, Joyce


July 20, 2010

Its over 2 months now and almost everyday something happens and I think "oh I have to call mom" and then I remember and am crying once more.
Coming home from the Walmart in Pa is very hard as i called you everytime I went there.
I know silly things but things I took for granted.
I miss you so so very much.
You were the BEST mom anyone could have ever asked for. Having so many "children and grandchildren" that were not even related tell that story.
You touch so many lives and I hope you were touched my many.
As the poem said its not the years of birth and death but the dash that counts. Your dash was amazing. So much love and caring you gave to everyone including almost total strangers
I will miss you everyday.
Aunt Joy tells me it will get easier but never go away. I am still waiting for the easier part.
And as has been said here before and we all remember. Its never goodbye but so long. Until we see each other again I love you very very much. I hope to see you in my dreams and pray each day you have great peace and happiness.
All my love and my god how I miss you
Your Angel-Helene

Jean Swayze

July 19, 2010

Mom, I can't find the words to say how much I miss you. I still here walking down the hall or knocking at my door to say goodnight and love you. I have my nights were I get up to check on you. The kids miss you everyday. I am doing my best to make you proud and be the woman you raised me to be. I know I will see and talk to you again but I just wish I could talk to you now. So for now you just enjoy eating and drinking anything you want and know that I miss you everyday. So Long Mommy I Love You So Much!!

Pat Parte

July 19, 2010

Mom,I miss and love you so much. I regret not calling you more often but you always knew how much I loved you. I will always remember what you said EVERYTIME before you hung up the phone "so long, I love you, be careful and tell Bob to be careful". I love you soooo much and words cannot express how much I miss you. So for now MY MOMMA "so long, I love you and be careful".

K-K-K-Katie Parte

July 18, 2010

Nana - I love you so much and will always miss you. I will never forget spending all those nights at your house when I was little and all of our visits when I got older. I'm so thankful to have had you as my grandmother. You were everyone's backbone in our family, and you offered the best advice. I'm going to miss the birthday cards and calls from you every year, and I'll miss calling you on Mother's Day and Christmas and your birthday to chat about how we were. I'm so happy that you made it to mine and Devon's wedding, and I will cherish that day forever because you were there for us. There are realy not enough words to describe you and the impact you made in our lives. I will love and miss you forever, my Nana!