Services for Jerry “Karolyn” Watson are 2 p.m., Monday, March 4, at the Blue Starr Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Visitation will be Friday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the funeral home with family receiving visitors at that time. Watson died Wednesday, Feb 27. She was 75.
Born June 6, 1937 in Fort Supply, to C.I. and Kathryn (Boyle) Dodson, she was raised and educated in Chouteau, graduating from Chouteau High School. While in high school she played forward on the high school basketball team and sang in the choir. After graduation Watson earned her Associates Degree in Physical Education from Bacone College in Muskogee, where she also sang in the choir. She began her work career with Shell Oil Company and the Atomic Energy Commission, eventually securing a position with American Airlines where she retired in 1995 after 25 years.
Watson always made time for her family. Karolyn loved to sing and would often set her words of discipline and correction with her children to song. She enjoyed traveling and taking many trips with her family.
Those that survive are her children Valerie Wengert of Claremore, Melinda West of McKinney, Texas and Patrick Watson and wife Paula of Broken Arrow; grandchildren Rhiannon Wengert, Brittany Wengert, Samuel West and Brenna Watson; sisters Mary Ann Due of Chouteau and Kathryn Landrum and husband Seth of Tulsa; sister-in-law Ruth LeFan and her special friend Michael Gordon. Watson was preceded in death by her parents, husband James Watson of 55 years, the two are together once again, son Dennis James Watson, two brothers Jim and Jack and two sisters Gail and Lynn.
Those who wish to honor Watson by making a memorial contribution may do so by contributing to Hope Harbor Children’s Home. The family would like to thank Professional Home Hospice for their exceptional care and grace with special appreciation to Pat, Mary, Megan and Valene. Her family would like to tell you on her behalf, be careful and (using the symbol for I love you from the American sign language) I love you.