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Mary Watterson
Mary WattersonMary Watterson, age 96 of Richwood, died early Tuesday morning, July 26, 2011 at her home.  She was born October 29, 1914 in Apple Grove, West Virginia to the late Frank and Edna (Gillespie) Jacobs.  On September 29, 1931, she married Earl F. Watterson and he died July 26, 1985.  She was also preceded in death by three brothers and six sisters.

She had attended God’s Country Church.  Mary loved animals.  She was a devoted farm wife who loved raising cattle and chickens, and cared for all kinds of animals her entire life right up until she was no longer able.  The matriarch and historian of her family, she loved to spin yarns about the old days living in Mason County, West Virginia.  Many were touched by her wisdom and strength and she will be sadly missed.

She is survived by two sons, Floyd Watterson, Richwood; John (Sue) Watterson, Grove City; a daughter, Bernice Shoup, Findlay; three sisters, Edith Gallo, Chicago; Ella, Florida; Eva Kinnard, Grove City; eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 29, 2011 at 7:00 PM in the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood, where friends may call from 4 to 7 PM.  Pastor Matthew Craig will officiate.  Graveside services will be Saturday, July 30 at 2:00 PM in the Beale Chapel Cemetery in Apple Grove, West Virginia with Marshall Bonecutter officiating.  There will be visitation in the Beale Chapel from 1:00 to 2:00 PM.

Memorial gifts may be made to www.HeartBandits.com which is a dog rescue organization devoted to the American Eskimo Dog.

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#1 from: Nicole Watterson
Grove City
Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 6:14 PM

mary was my grandma - she was the greatest grandma anyone could ask for - she was the kindest, strongest, most lovable person i know - she will be missed by all of us!  RIP GRANDMA!

#2 from: Tony & Joanie (Walker) Chapman & Family
Ashland, Ohio
Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 6:32 PM

I grew up with Kay, Carissa, Carrie & Corey...  We spent many happy days at the Watterson Farm... I loved playing over there, we picked gooseberries, played in the chicken coop and corn crib, bailing hay was even fun.  Mostly I remember the homemade Ice Cream and the Homemade Pizza.  What a wonderful women she was, she will be missed by many.

#3 from: Lynne Ledley
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Mary was a special lady who knew how to enjoy life and did so until the very end.  I am sure my Aunt Clarice and Mary are talking just like they did for many years as across the road neighbors. They looked out for one another.  Mary was a good citizen who realized the importance of her vote and faithfully came in every election to vote.  I will miss visiting with her on election day.  My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

#4 from: Richwood Police
Richwood Ohio
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 11:46 AM

To the Watterson Family: Mary was a good friend to us here at the Police Station. Years ago she would stop uptown at the old station just to talk. She will be missed.

#5 from: Corey Hamburger
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 3:46 PM

"Hard work, kindness, self reliance are characteristics seldom found these days. But for my gramma, they are as natural as the wildflowers that bloom in her meadow." Very thankful to have her for as long as we did. I never got tired of hearing her stories. They say a hero never dies, they just become legends. That is what she is to me. Always in my heart, Gramma.

#6 from: Dan Foos
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Mary was a kind, good lady and an asset to the community, she will be missed.

God  Bless,
Dan Foos

#7 from: Bruce and Becky Beery
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Our deepest sympathy to all. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time and may God give you comfort.
   Buck and Becky

#8 from: Linda & Walter Stocker
Vermilion Ohio
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 9:17 AM

We have fond memories of Mary. She was the best neighbor and was always there if you needed something. My fondest memory was spending Christmas Eve in the barn pulling a calf for her since no Vet was available. And she always made sure that she had her "pea shooter" close at hand if need be for intruders. May God Bless.

#9 from: Cyndy Schmohe and Linda Pohle
across the road neighbors
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 7:03 PM

We loved having Mary for a neighbor!  Her hard work and strength of conviction are to be admired and emulated.  We always said we want to be just like Mary when we grow up!!!  Loved the fresh milk and eggs!  We will miss you, Mary.

#10 from: Larry Davis
Richwood, Ohio
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 7:48 PM

I have known Mary for over 50 years. Mary was a very gracious lady. She will truly be missed.  My sympathy to the family.  Larry Davis

#11 from: Noelle Watterson Plush
Grove City, Ohio
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Grandma was so sweet and loving. She was a true blessing to our family. I will never forget all the good times I had with her from spending weekends with her as a kid (she would make homemade pizza and play games with us until 3AM) to sitting with her as an adult and listening to all of her great stories. Her hard work, toughness and perseverance have been a true inspiration to me and I know I will be a better person because of her. I love you so much Grandma and will miss you greatly until we meet again someday...

#12 from: Edna (Annie) Stephens
Gahanna Ohio
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 12:35 PM

July 26th 2011

Remembering my Aunt Mary

There was something bird-like about her --- Lord
Nothing of a hawk’s threat,
Or the eagle’s aloofness,
Or even the cardinal’s color.
Her size and style were more like that of a sparrow
Low nested in my backyard.
A small, unpretentious bird who asked nothing of me
And yet provided a melody to my every day;
A modest bird, not giving to strutting or shrieking or puffing itself up;
A social bird, chirpy and cheerful;
A dependable bird, instinctively  nourishing and instructing its young;
A ground bird, close to the earth, with a sharp eye, appreciative of every seed
A tranquil bird, secure in Your tender care and watchful eye.
Forgive me, Lord, for taking for granted the presence of any of your
precious creatures whose value may be most apparent in the void left by there
Word just came of her death.
So I must accept that in your perfect will
Aunt Mary has climbed her long last hill.
The hands of my Aunt Mary are still.
She has milked her last cow,
Feed her last calf,
Churned her last bit of butter,
Gathered her last egg,
Has given us our last hug that we will truly miss,
Given up all these earthly things.

But I trust in exchange, Lord,
You’ve given her spirit soaring wings.

My deepest sympathy to all her family
Love Annie

#13 from: Kathy Jolliff Griffith
Bellefontaine, Ohio
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 9:18 PM

I have just heard of Mary's passing and I am heavy-hearted that I was not there to pay my last respects to Mary.  I have such fond memories of Mary (and Earl)when I was a child going down to their farm when they lived on Askins Road to buy fresh milk and homemade butter - and listen to Mary and soak in her knowledge and experience from rewards received from hard work.  How I respect her!  Years later, after I had two girls of my own, we lived on Neel Road, and we would visit Mary.  What a sweet, sweet lady!  My girls would love to listen to Mary's stories... and visit her cow!  My girls have gleaned the same respect for hard work because of Mary.  My sincere condolences to Mary's family ~ she will deeply missed, but her memory will live on in our hearts.  Thank you for sharing her with my family!  Kathy (Jolliff)Griffith  

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