LAKE PLACID, Fla. — Jeanne P. (Watson) Bair, 83, of Lake Placid, Fla., was taken home to The Lord on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011.
Jeanne was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but lived most of her life in Ohio, New York and Florida. She attended St. Vincent Schools in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and later worked for the Mount Vernon Telephone Co. Her mother was Myrtle May (Biggs) Watson, of Mount Vernon and her father was Walter Harold Watson, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Jeanne was most proud of her stepfather, Carl Nethers of Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Jeanne married Raymond E. Bair 63 years ago at Chapel 11 on Fort Jackson, S.C. They had two sons, David of Loveland, Ohio, and Jeffrey of Lake Placid, Fla. David and his wife, Suzanne, gave Jeanne a grandson, David Jr., and granddaughter, Samantha Jeanne, and both grandchildren live in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area. Jeanne had one half brother, Robert (Cheryl) of Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Jeanne and Ray lived 40 years in the Finger Lakes Region of western New York before making Lake Placid their permanent retirement home. They had a home in Lake Placid since 1990 and began full time residency in 2004. Jeanne had her own business, J.P. Miniatures and Doll Shop in Canandaigua, N.Y., for a number of years and was an avid doll collector, winning numerous awards for her creative miniature displays.
Jeanne’s religious preference was Catholic. To honor her, the family has requested, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice of Sebring, 4418 Sun ’N Lake Boulevard, Sebring, FL 33872, and extend their heartfelt thanks to all the professionals of Good Shepherd Hospice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring, FL 33870; 863-385-0125; www.stephensonnelsonfh.com.