The Ottumwa Courier

November 13, 2012

Martha Watson, 82, Stockport


STOCKPORT — Martha Jean Watson, 82, of Stockport, passed away Nov. 10, 2012, at the Jefferson County Health Center.

Martha was born on Aug. 24, 1930, in Burlington to Clair and Gladys Bradford Lynn. She married Theodore K. Watson on June 14, 1952, in Eureka, Calif. He passed away Sept. 1, 1985.

She was a teacher at Van Buren Community Schools for 23 years and was a substitute/volunteer there for 22 years. She was a member of Eastern Star 1953: Worthy Matron, Grand Chapter Committee Member, Grand Representative and District Instructor; Fairfield PEO; Delta Kappa Gamma; Van Buren Republican Central Committee member and treasurer for 35 years; Stockport Lions; Stockport Library; Van Buren Education Foundation Board and Van Buren County Board of Health. Martha volunteered at the Fairfield Hospital and at the Stockport Library. She loved to travel and had been to all 50 states and to 50 countries.

Martha is survived by three children, Scott Watson of Ft. Madison, Susan Watson of Middleton, Wis., and Melissa (Scott) Sydness of Stockport; four grandchildren, Jared Watson, Elizabeth Watson, Claire Neviaser and Nick Neviaser.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Stockport Christian Church; with Pastor Jason Mott officiating. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at Behner Funeral Home in Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Stockport Library. Cards and memorials can be sent to Melissa Watson Sydness at P.O. Box 40, Stockport, Iowa 52651.