Gene Watson, 92, was born September 27, 1925, and passed away February 24, 2018. Gene was born in Marquez, Texas, of parents Donna Leo Wilson and Richard A. Winn, Sr.
Gene was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Emmett Orlean Watson. She is survived by her daughter Donna Jean Watson, son Lance Emmett Watson, daughter-in-law Kathy Watson, granddaughter Lily Katherine Watson, and many dearly loved nieces and nephews.
Her life celebration will be held Thursday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the Marquez United Methodist Church, corner of loop 208, Marquez, Texas 77865, where her grandfather was a founding member in the year 1919. Interment to follow at the Marquez Cemetery on Highway 7, Marquez, Texas.
A meal with family and friends at the Marquez Baptist Church Family Life Center will be shared following the interment. Please join us.
Gene did it her way till her final parting. She lived her life to the very fullest. Leaving home at the young age of sixteen (and three fourths), she traveled alone by train to Kentucky to marry her lifelong sweetheart. Emmett was stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and was soon to enter active duty in WWII flying bombers. She was as fearless and patriotic as he all through her life.
After the war she and Emmett traveled the country from coast to coast. Driving those beautiful, glamorous cars of the 40’s and 50’s, hitting all the big cities and having a grand time. Gene always had fun. Her nieces and nephews have many a story to tell of a spontaneous road trip with Aunt Gene, usually in a convertible, off for a simple ice cream or to play in the surf of Galveston, a favorite destination.
Settling back into the East Texas life, after seventeen years of marriage, Gene and Emmett were blessed and surprised with their first child, Lance, and soon to follow Donna, sixteen months later. Soon their “bundles of joy” were as athletically gifted, as Mom, she is solely credited with passing those “genes” on to her sporty children. Gene was a gifted athlete. Not to be taken lightly even though her softball uniform was silk (literally), she was both a champion softball and tennis player. In general, it was a poor decision to compete with Gene in most games, a master bridge player, fierce “Skip Bo” competitor (she won many a steak dinner) and what a dancer she was-leading line dancing into her mid 80’s!
Gene Watson lived her life to the fullest. She leaves many who loved and admired her. Only the very large shared and treasured memories of her will begin to fill the void she leaves. But, she would expect no less of us than to live our own lives to the fullest, with flair, fun and determination, as she did-in doing it her way.
Funeral arrangements by: Walters Funeral Home, 610 South Commerce Street, Centerville, Texas 75833.