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She was a great Aunt. I have special memories of her and Mexico Beach. The phrase “podna, now podna, now podna” will always be etched in my memory of her.
I had not seen Mrs. Watson in many years. Doug and I graduated from Port St. Joe High School. I knew Mrs. Watson because I was Doug's friend and through attendance at St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was a wonderful woman and I am sorry for the loss for the entire Watson family.
My mom and dad were friends with a group of couples (all the women were registered dietitians who had worked together) that included Lois and Ben Watson and so have such sweet memories of times with the Watson family before they moved to Florida, and even a multi-family vacation to Florida before they moved. After my mom died in 2012, I found a photo of Lois and her sister, and the other friends from that group together. Lois and her sister were beautiful and looked like a lot of fun. Condolences to Doug, Jerianne, and Mark.
Lois was my neighbor and become a dear friend. She had a wonderful sense of humor. We shared a love of music. You will be missed my friend.
Brenda Guilford Miller
Lois Watson was a sweet, dear friend of my parents Chuck and Dot Guilford in Mexico Beach, FL. Even though I have not seen her in many years, I remember her sweet friendly smile and always helping others. God has her precious smile now to brighten his days.
Lois Abat Watson
Lois Abat Watson, age 97, died, Friday, October 27, 2023 in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Born in Bunkie, Louisiana, she graduated from Louisiana State University in 1946. She served her dietetic internship at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, Louisiana and was a dietitian with the Veterans Administration in Alexandria, Louisiana, and Little Rock, Arkansas. She was a consulting dietitian in several nursing homes and small hospitals in the Florida panhandle.
She was a member of the American Dietetic Association for fifty years. She moved from Little Rock, Arkansas to Mexico Beach, Florida in 1969. She served as Chairman of the Mexico Beach Mother's March for the March of Dimes and was awarded the Dean Ridley Service Award in 1980. She was a volunteer for the Council on Aging, Site Seven, for over fifteen years. She was a Catholic and attended services at Chapel II Tyndall Air Force Base for many years. Mrs. Watson was a member of the Mexico Beach Planning and Zoning Board for five years and participated in the formulation of the land development regulations. She moved from Mexico Beach to Yulee, Florida after being displaced by Hurricane Michael.
She was an exercise enthusiast and enjoyed Jazzercise and swimming. She was an avid NASCAR fan and regularly attended races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway, and Daytona International Speedway. She was a devoted Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, and Kyle Larson fan. She also enjoyed any performance of Elvis Presley, and in 1976 flew to Las Vegas for what turned out to be his final performance there. She developed a recent musical interest in musician Ryan Kelly of Celtic Thunder fame.
She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-six years, Ben Watson and her sister Carol Edwards.
She is survived by her son, Doug Watson, of Yulee, his wife Jerianne, grandson Mark Watson, of Clearwater, Florida, and brother-in-law, John Edwards, of Lakeland, Florida. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Her favorite charities were Florida Park Service Ranger Association, 3551 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32301, and Ronald McDonald House, 401 7th Avenue S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701.