Oriette A. Watson
May 1, 1925 - September 8, 2011
Oriette Arlene Watson was born May
1, 1925 on a small farm 11 miles from
Pierpont, South Dakota. The funeral
service will be Monday, September 12
at 2:00 pm at Mountain View-Colonial
DeWitt officiated by Pastor Mark
Koonz of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Visitation will be at the funeral home
Sunday, September 11, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
She graduated from high school
in 1943. Oriette next moved to Sioux
Falls, South Dakota and worked at the Sioux Falls Air Base in the
laundry. In 1945, with her mother Annie and sister Beatrice, she
moved to Walla Walla, Washington. Oriette gained employment
as a clerk typist for McCaw Hospital. She helped process service
men's records and write letters for wounded soldiers.
Beginning in 1946 Oriette worked 9 years at Pacific
Telephone and Telegraph office as an operator and instructor. In
1954 she met Bill Watson at the Natatorium Dance. They soon
became engaged and married February 22, 1955. They resided on
a small farm in Walla Walla.
Oriette was a long time member of Emmanuel Lutheran
Church and the Pricilla-Ruth Circle. She greatly enjoyed the many
quilts made with the women's circle. She also belonged to the
VFW and Eagles. She always loved to dance and a good game of
cards or bingo. She loved to laugh and would always help anyone
in any way that she could.
Oriette is survived by her brother Amos Nerland of College
Place, Washington; sister, Beatrice Rogers of Vancouver,
Washington; children Sherry and Greg; four step-children, Bill
Watson, Carol Gravon, Dick Watson and Kaye Bump and many
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Oriette is preceded in death
by her husband, Bill, of 32 years.
The family extends a very special thank you for the loving care
provided by the staff of the Odd Fellows Home. She was loved by
many and will be missed by all.
After Gracie Allen died, George Burns found a note in her
dresser drawer. It read…
George, Don't put a period where God intended a comma.
Friends may write memories and sign the online
guestbook at www.mountainviewcolonialdewitt.com