Mary Sue Watson, 95 of Port Orange, Florida passed away peacefully on July 10, 2010. She was born the daughter of Gertie and Homer Ross in Newbern, Tennessee, Dyer County. She grew up there and attended schools in various areas of Dyer County until age 17, when she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and lived with her special and favorite Uncle and Aunt and obtained work there.
She had met her future husband, J.L. (Butch) Watson at age 16, who enlisted in the Navy during World War II. They were married on November 1, 1943, when he was home on a short leave. She and Butch joined the Baptist church after his discharge and served in different areas of her Church working with ages including college, career students and senior adults until she and Butch retired and moved to Florida in March 1988. Sue always sang in the church choir. After their son started school, she went to work, which was her childhood dream. Having grown up on a farm, she dreamed of one day living in the city and working in an office. She worked for 30 years in Medical and dental positions and received her certificate as a Dental Assistant, Which had been her position for several years. When St. Jude Children Hospital opened in Memphis, Sue was one of the first secretaries hired there. Since this position was not to her liking after one year working there she applied and was accepted for another position as a Receptionist and Secretary to an ENT Specialist. She worked there for nine years. She left this position because Butch was transferred to Gadsden, Alabama, with a better position with Pepsi Cola Co., while living there she applied and was hired by a new Ophthalmologist helping to get his office ready to start his practice and worked in the capacity of Receptionist, Secretary and Office manager and sometimes assisted him when he performed surgery. After three years when Butch was transferred back to Memphis with the Pepsi Cola Co., She went to work in the private office of the Chairman & Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee and worked there for four years. During this time she and Butch enjoyed a trip to the Holy Land with a group, which was a special trip for them.
Her last job before retiring at age 62, was with a Children's Dentist as Receptionist and Secretary which has developed into a lasting friendship. Sue and Butch moved to Good Samaritan Village on September 6, 2006. She spent the first two years getting her home ready like she wanted it and taking care of her husband. She was getting ready to do some Volunteering when on January 8, 2008, at age 82, she developed a heart problem which slowed her down plus suffered other complications but she gives glory to GOD for all the blessings He has given her and the things HE allowed her to do. She loved her yard and flowers and loved working in them. She also loved to Cook and felt her real ministry was caring for others particularly those unable to help themselves. She loved company especially friends and family who looked forward to her FRESH coconut cakes and pecan pies.
She was a very dedicated person. Her first love was her LORD, and second, her family which included her special Uncle and Aunt, Cousins, nieces nephews and son.
Her words to you: "God is GOOD all the time, and if you have not accepted HIM as your Savior, you must do it NOW! We are not guaranteed another day.
Sue will be Laid to Rest next to her husband Butch at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Gotha, Florida.
The Watson family is being cared for by: CONRAD & THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME, 511 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741: 407-863-4881
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