LEXINGTON, S.C. — Mrs. Ruth Marie Watson, widow of Miles Bert Watson died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at the Lexington Medical Center in Lexington, S.C., after a brief illness.
She was born Nov. 15, 1923, in Bellville, Ohio, the daughter of the late Anna Pearl Toms Garber and John Leedy Garber. Mrs. Watson graduated from Mount Vernon High School and received a B.S. in home economics from Ohio State University in 1944. She married Bert Watson on Dec. 26, 1947, in the Fredericktown First Presbyterian Church and helped him run two businesses, first Watson’s Television & Appliances Store and then Watson’s Tru-Value Supply Store until they sold the store in 1973.
Mrs. Watson was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Fredericktown, where she served for many years as church treasurer. She also served as clerk of session, elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher and was a member of the Mary and Martha Circle. Her interests included bird watching, knitting, and golf, and she was an avid reader of mysteries. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family especially their summer vacations on Kiawah Island. She valued her many friendships in Fredericktown, some of them lasting more than 60 years.
She is survived by her daughters, Janet Watson Cambre and her husband C.J. Cambre of Columbia, S.C., Deborah Kay Watson and her husband John B. Frick of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Susan Watson Sitaraman and her husband Murali Sitaraman of Clemson, S.C.; her grandchildren, Michael Watson Frick, David Watson Frick, and Mark Watson Frick of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Nathan Sitaraman of Clemson, S.C.; her stepgrandchildren, Eric Joseph Cambre and his wife Rachel Cambre of Lexington, S.C., and Michael Joseph Cambre of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and her stepgreat-grandchildren, Hannah Rose Cambre and Dylan Michael Cambre of Lexington, S.C. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Thomas Holyoke; nieces, Linda O’Dell and Kitty Jensen; and nephew, Andrew Holyoke and wife Beth; great-nieces, Katy O’Dell and Lila Rose Jensen; and great-nephews, David O’Dell, Kumar Jensen, Tristan Holyoke and Alban Holyoke.
Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Miles Bert Watson; and her sister, Leona Evadene Garber Holyoke of Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Fredericktown on Saturday, April 24, at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery following the church service.
Memorials may be made in her memory to Fredericktown First Presbyterian Church, 17 S. Main St., Fredericktown, OH 43019-1208.