Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Chancel Choir Mourns Death of Long-time Member - Lois Watson
Lois Watson passed away on November 24, 2012, at Pine River Healthcare Center in St Louis.
Lois was born in Clear Lake, Iowa, on May 25, 1918, to Fred and Vera Petersen. She was raised in a loving home among her extended family. Lois moved to Saginaw with her parents and three sisters in 1936. She worked for Bell Telephone Company as a supervisor in the business office. While singing in First Congregational Church’s Chancel Choir, she met her dear, David Watson. They married on April 10, 1948, and continued singing in the choir together for more than forty years.
Lois was an active member of First Congregational Church and the Bridget Fuller Circle. She was a member of chapter AS, PEO (a national women's philanthropic organization), for fifty-three years and twice served as its president. She was dearly loved by her PEO sisters and will be greatly missed.
Lois and Dave had two daughters, Leslie and Terry, raised with an abundance of love and patience. Lois was a devoted grandmother and developed a special relationship with each of her five grandchildren.
Lois moved from Saginaw to her daughter's home in Mount Pleasant in 2008.
Lois loved music of all kinds and found beauty in nature. She had a zest for life and enjoyed new experiences. Lois enjoyed people; she had a warm heart, a fun sense of humor, and a bright smile. Lois lived her life with courage, optimism, joy, and love.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband (David M. Watson) in 1990, sister (Gretchen Smith) in 2010, and sister (Lucille Hirlinger) in 2012.
Lois is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Leslie and Mike DeSmyter; grandchildren: Michael and Erin DeSmyter, Abby DeSmyter, DJ DeSmyter; great-grandchildren: Maddy and Ethan DeSmyter (all of Grand Rapids); and, her daughter and son-in-law: Terry and Ray Horrocks; grandchildren: Ryan Horrocks and Jason Horrocks (all of Mt Pleasant); and, her sister: Pat Lathrop (of Grand Rapids); and, many special nieces and nephews and their families.
A memorial service will be held for Lois at First Congregational Church, 403 South Jefferson Avenue, on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Visitation will be one hour before the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church or to ELF (educational loan fund) at PEO Executive Offices, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa, 50312.