Lois Ann Watson, most recently of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, passed away Monday, May 11, 2020 at the age of 91, due to cardiac arrest.
Lois was the oldest of five children born to Wilfred and Winifred Hillebrand. She attended grade school at St. Clare of Montefalco in Grosse Pointe Park, and graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit in 1946.
She married Gerald Watson in 1950 and together they raised seven children in the Tudor home on Bishop Rd, in Grosse Pointe Park, built by Jerry's maternal grandfather, Francis Beaupre. Lois did the bookkeeping, payroll and banking for the full-service gas station she and Jerry owned for over 30 years...Watson's Pointe Service, located on the corner of Mack and Neff in Grosse Pointe City.
In the mid 1980's, Lois and Jerry moved to St. Augustine, Florida where they lived for 23 years before returning to St. Clair Shores, Michigan in 2007. She worked at The Christmas Shop in downtown St. Augustine for a few years, where she was easily able to add to her growing Hummel collection. This is also where she began her love for the Minnetonka moccasins, which became her shoe of choice for the remainder of her years!
Lois is preceded in death by her husband Jerry Watson, daughter Kathy (Tom) Dunstan, son Michael Watson, and brothers Roy and Tom (Inge) Hillebrand.
She is survived by sisters, Audrey (Jack) Lemieux, and Donna (Jack) Hill;
Children - Patti (Ted) Schollenberger, Janet (Dan) Drekich, Dick (Irene) Watson, Dave (Nancy) Watson and Diane (Eric) Smith;
Twelve grandchildren - Hayley (Chris) Kirby, Heath (Lauren) Schollenberger, Katie (Jason) Chapman, Bridget (Cody) D'Angelo, Dani (Dan) McGarry, Jack Drekich, Richie Watson, Jerry Watson, Willie Watson, Samantha Watson, Derek (Jeanette) Watson, and Vaughn (Kaila) Smith;
And eleven great-grandchildren - Aidan, Daphne, and Finn Kirby, Lennon and Carver Schollenberger, Charlotte and Sophia Watson, Christina and Chase Watson, and Lane and Calleigh Smith.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are being handled by Verheyden Funeral Home. There will be a Celebration of Life scheduled at a later date.
Mom, we love you very much and will miss you even more, but we know that you are happy having been reunited with Dad, Michael and Kathy. Because we know that you will still worry about all of us from Heaven, we want to assure you "we're fine"!
The family will be hosting a Virtual Rosary on Saturday, June 6th at 1:30 PM. Closer to the date of service the link and codes will be posted.
In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. If you would like to be notified of the date and time, please reach out to Nancy Watson at [email protected] OR text/call Janet Drekich at 810-278-4913.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church or the Bladder Cancer Awareness Network, bcan.org
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Though I attempted to prepare
For news, we knew, forthcoming,
Nothing I had told myself
Helped stop the tears from coming.
The memories, they began to run
Through my head, displaying.
Like sitting in the living room
Watching old home movies playing.
When I was still a little girl
You’d sit beside me on my bed,
And stay until I fell asleep
To chase the nightmares from my head.
When I’d go to where the big kids were
“It’s getting hot in here” they’d say,
But you would always grab some cards
And you and I would play.
With Eric badly injured,
You ran half a mile with me,
To try to get to see him
Before the chopper flew away.
You were always right there for me
Whenever I would call.
To talk about important things
Or of nothing much at all.
Your strength and your resolve amaze;
Your ability to thrive.
I hope I’ve received just half of that
And to that end I’ll strive.
Although we’ll miss you greatly
Not just today, but for long while,
To know you’re back with Daddy
Is one thing that makes me smile.
Was the cardinal that I witnessed
Atop the tree, back-dropped by sky,
Really you just stopping by that morn’
To let me know “you’re fine”?
Mrs Watson was always so friendly and welcoming Always so friendly when we would visit Diane and Eric. Peace to you, Diane, and your siblings.
Amy and Gerry Herron
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