Myrtle Irmadean Hough Watson was born November 16th 1935 to Clara Belle Hough and Stephen Massenburg in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was the first wife to the late William Watson for over 30 years and had six children: Wannetta Reynolds; daughter and husband Jesse James Reynolds, Clara Felecia Watson; daughter, Johnathan Watson; son and wife Sylvia, Daisier "Tina" Watson; daughter and husband Dwight Rochelle, and two preceded her in death: David Watson; infant son, and Glenda Sheree Watson Torrence; daughter.
Also special mention to her stepson William "Punchie" A. Watson and wife Zana and children (Rashad and Katie) of Columbia, MD.
She was blessed with eight grandchildren: Antwannette D.W. Kozlow; granddaughter and husband Varqa Kozlow, Regina Watson; granddaughter. Grandsons: Kevin Watson,
Dondre Watson, Adrian Watson, Julyus Watson, Tauheed Rochelle, and Trey Rochelle. And three great-grandsons: Adrian K. Watson, Willhelm Kozlow, and Major Watson.
She lived a full and eventful life. She was a faithful christian and attended church as often and as much as possible. She was a member of First Congregational Church for over 70 years. She worked at the NC Museum of History for over 25 years. She also returned to school when her children were young adults and earned an associates degree in Business and Accounting. An avid shopper, she enjoyed Sudoku, crossword puzzles, reading about NC history, cooking, short trips to the beach and mountains, A Southern Season, and in 2012 took her first airplane ride.
She departed this Earth Thursday morning, January 28th after living a long and full life. She will be sorely missed and is survived by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a host of friends and relatives. She will also be missed by her, "little sister," life-long friend Mrs. Mildred Morrison of Raleigh.
The viewing will be on Monday February 1st from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Haywood Funeral Home in Raleigh. The Home-going service will be held on Tuesday, February 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church in Raleigh, for family members only due to Covid-19.
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