Our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Evelyn M. Watson, age 96,
transitioned to the church triumphant in the loving and waiting arms of Jesus on Sunday
afternoon, April 8, 2018 at Caretel Inns of Lakeland where she resided.
Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Friday, April 13, 2018 at Christ Lutheran Church, 4333 Cleveland Avenue, Stevensville. Friends may meet with the family 5-7 PM Thursday, April 12, 2018, at The Boyd Chapel of Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy., Bridgman. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Bridgman. Memorial contributions may be given to the Christ Lutheran Church, Stevenville or Hospice at Home, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph MI 49085.
Evelyn was born on June 13, 1921 in Bridgman to Joseph and Mary (Mead) Hora. She graduated from Bridgman High School and attended the Twin City Business College.
An avid moviegoer with a love for the talkies, Evelyn (Hora) Watson spent her life along the shores of Lake Michigan in beautiful Berrien County. In her youth, Evelyn kept a diary detailing the escapades of her childhood--days spent on the family farm picking grapes and other fruits, warm summer nights on the town with friends attending movies at the local theatres, visiting with loved ones from out of town, and the routines of her everyday life.
In her late teens, Evelyn was introduced to George Watson, a Army Tech Sergeant during World War II. Shortly after their courtship began, George had to report for duty on the front lines. When George returned he was eager to wed the love of his life. On April 24, 1948 Evelyn married her man in uniform, surrounded by family and friends.
Together they enjoyed 54 years of marriage until George’s passing in 2002. The two settled in St. Joseph, becoming long-time members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bridgman and at the time of her death was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Stevensville. Evelyn took a job with the Berrien County Abstract and Title Company, and later joined the team at St. Joseph Savings and Loan where she stayed until her retirement in 1984. She and George welcomed three sons– Tom, John and Jim. The house was always filled with the delicious scent of dishes made by Evelyn's skilled hand and the laughs of the neighborhood children willing to help lick the plates clean. At the Watson Home, everyone was welcomed.
The Watson family were avid softball players, with a love for their sports teams: the Chicago Cubs and the Michigan State Spartans. As their sons grew, Evelyn and George kept their three boys busy, getting them involved with their local Cub Scout Pack 329 and Boy Scout Troop 607. Even after the boys took jobs at Chuck's Mobil, Evelyn was still stopping by on Friday nights, ready to serve a hot, plated dinner for her sons and their friends (which caused quite the scheduling conflict, when suddenly every employee wanted to work on Friday night!) Evelyn was fiercely dedicated to her husband, her sons, and her family, and extended that same love and selflessness to her sons' wives, friends, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her beautiful heart touched many lives and she will be fondly remembered by all.
Evelyn is survived by her 3 sons - Thomas (Marie) Watson of Stevensville, John Watson
of Kalamazoo and James (Debra) Watson of Hudsonville, grandsons Matthew, Andrew
(fiancé Rachael) and Christopher (Debbie) Watson, granddaughter Holly (David) Bream
and 2 great grandchildren, Cameron and Addison Bream. Evelyn was preceded in death
by her husband George, her parents, a sister Lucille, her brother Walter, and infant
granddaughter, Kelsey. A joyful reunion in heaven with all of those preceding Evelyn in
death and a lifetime of precious memories for family and friends remaining to remember
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM ,Thursday, April 12, 2018
Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, The Boyd Chapel
9191 Red Arrow Hwy Bridgman, MI 49106
11:00 AM ,Friday, April 13, 2018
Christ Lutheran Church
4333 Cleveland Avenue Stevensville, MI 49127
Friday, April 13, 2018
8550 Red Arrow Hwy Bridgman, MI 49106