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Carolyn Rosella Johnson Watson 1921-1999

WATSON, JOHNSON, PRANKE, BAHR, CHRISTENSEN, JACKSON, TEHRAN

Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 9/6/2013 at 22:08:05

Carolyn R. Watson
Graettinger Ė Funeral services for Carolyn R. [Rosella] Watson, 77, of Graettinger will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, 1999, at the United Methodist Church in Graettinger with the Rev. Al Milligan officiating. Interment will be at High Lake Township Cemetery, Wallingford. She died on Feb. 17, 1999, at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 pm. today, Thursday at the Henry-Olson-Fuhrman Funeral Home in Graettinger.

She was born on May 12, 1921 in Estherville, the daughter of Johnnie and Thelma (Pranke) Johnson. She began her education in the rural High Lake School and then attended three years of high school at Wallingford and graduated from Graettinger High School in 1938. Prior to her marriage she did general house work and was employed at OíBrianís restaurant in Graettinger.

On Aug. 18, 1940, she was united in marriage to Ferman Watson at his parentís home. They lived one year with Fermanís parents and moved north of Estherville and farmed for one year. They moved back to Graettinger and farmed east of town for one year. The couple moved to his parentsí farm in 1944 and farmed until 1995, when they moved across the road to their own farm. In May of 1997, a house fire forced them to move into Graettinger.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Wallingford Lutheran Church. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Graettinger. She was a member of the U.M.W., and the Mary Martha Circle and a 57-year member of the Happy Birthday club.

She is survived by her husband, Ferman of Graettinger; daughters: Dietta Watson of Grand Forks, N.D.; Mrs. Robert (Janice) Bahr of Alden; Mrs. Ronald (Linda) Christensen of Graettinger; Mrs. Jimmie (Norma) Jackson of Graettinger; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters: Joan Tehran of Lompoc, Calif.; Olive Johnson of Estherville; brothers: Paul Johnson of Storm Lake; and Ole Johnson of New Hope, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, twin grandsons and one brother. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, February 18, 1999)


 

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