A service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at the Palmer Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, with Mr. Bruce Holmes officiating. At her request, her cremated remains will be scattered into her favorite fishing stream.
Mrs. Watson was born Aug. 11, 1939, in Dayton, Ohio. She was a graduate of Northridge High School in Dayton and later, cosmetology school in Alaska.
She moved to Juneau in February 1975, where she lived until moving to Fairbanks in 1983 and Palmer in 1995. She made Wasilla her home in 200.
Mrs. Watson was a talented hairstylist at Lucille's Stylette and a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Mrs. Watson was an award-winning wildlife watercolor artist and received several awards for her gorgeous paintings. Her other hobbies included playing the trumpet and flute, fishing, cooking, knitting, homeopathic studies and being a nutritionist.
Her family wrote, "She was a faithful and dedicated servant of Jehovah for 33 years. Psalms 83:18, Job 14:14. She was a special wife and mother with a great sense of humor, personality and compassion for others, and very self-sacrificing!"
Survivors include her husband, Duane K. Watson of Wasilla; father, Joseph A. Toht of Dayton, Ohio; mother, Margaret L. Toht of Dayton, Ohio; brother, Joey Toht of Spring Valley, Ohio; daughters, Vickie Jean Thayer of Huber Heights, Ohio, Kimberly Jo Hurtt of Centerville, Ohio, Laurie D. Hurtt of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Christine Ann Vega of Modesto, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Angela Dawn and Dr. William Kalanta of Modesto, Calif.; sons, James V. Hurtt Jr. of Seattle, Jamie Tyler Hurtt of Lexington, Ky., and Joseph V. Hurtt of Seattle; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; uncle, Morris Lasure of Florida; mother-in-law, Bernice Watson of Wasilla and several nieces and a nephew.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Watchtower & Bible Tract Society.
Arrangements were made by Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St., Anchorage.
Source: Frontiersman, 12 November 2004