MOUNT VERNON — Sitting in her recliner while holding a birthday card with numerous signatures, it was hard for Evelyn Watson to realize she was turning 100 years old. “I’m not 100,” she said in disbelief before being assured that she soon will be. And as we often can be envious of those living for many years, those years have treated Evelyn very well. Evelyn (Tarr) Watson has been a resident of Emeritus at HillenVale since 2006. On Nov. 12, she will be honored with a birthday party marking her 100th birthday.
Evelyn was born Nov. 7, 1911, to Howard and Mildred Tarr and has spent most of her life in Mount Vernon, also living for a brief time in California. She is one of three children. Her brother, Charles, died in World War II; and her sister, Marjorie, 97, is also a resident of Emeritus at HillenVale.
Growing up at the corner of Pleasant and McKenzie streets, her family later in 1948 built a home on Colville Road which her son, Ian, now owns. She married Hugh Watson who was employed at Cooper-Bessemer.
At her advanced age, Evelyn isn’t always able to communicate her thoughts as well as she used to, but Marjorie is always willing to stand in her place in telling stories about her life.