May 4, 1925-April 9, 2011
Harriet Patricia “Pat” Watson passed into the hands of God on Saturday, April 9th 2011, lovingly surrounded by her family.
Pat was born in Dubois, Idaho in 1925 to James and Nellie Russell. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was young. She attended Garfield High School (Class of ’43) where she met her sweetheart for life, Richard Watson. Dick and Pat were married at the Santa Barbara Mission in 1947 and settled in Montebello, California. After Dick retired they made many trips to visit lifelong friends in Bend Oregon and eventually moved there.
She attended business school in Los Angeles and worked for the Los Angeles County General Hospital before she and Dick started their family. She devoted her life to being a wonderful wife, mother grandmother, daughter-in-law and sister. In addition to being a homemaker, she helped Dick run his wholesale meat business and subsequent trucking company.
Some of her favorite activities were dancing, sunbathing, singing, playing piano and reading books. She enjoyed camping and trips to the beach with family and friends. Pat learned cross-country skiing after moving to Bend. Pat and Dick crossed the country in their RV. They also traveled to Australia and New Zealand, England, Ireland, and The Netherlands, and Pat often accompanied her husband to many of his US Navy reunions across the United States every year.
Pat was predeceased by her parents, and her brothers James and John (“Jack”). She is survived by her husband, Richard C. Watson, her daughters Cathryn Watson of Bend, Jen Mason of Sisters, Susan Fnebe of Willamina, Chris Kennedy of Redmond, grandson Colin Canale, granddaughters Emily Fnebe, Roxanne Bujanda, Dallas Arvizo, Jaedan Kennedy, great-grandson Evan Fnebe, as well as her sisters-in-law. cousins, and many nieces and nephews.
Pat will always be remembered for her loving spirit her cooking skills, her fondness of all animals and her kindness and gentleness that has touched the hearts of many. She will truly be missed by all that knew her. A family memorial service will be held at a later date and donations in her honor can be made to the Partners In Care Hospice House, 2075 NE Wyatt Court Bend, OR 97701 or to the Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave , Fl. 17, Chicago IL 60601.