In Loving Memory of Verdie Watson: 1918-2023 


Verdie Watson, a beloved wife, mother, and active member of her community, passed away on May 28, 2023. She leaves behind cherished memories and a legacy of warmth and joy that will forever be held dear by those who knew her. 

Verdie married her loving husband Frank Watson on June 7, 1953, in Centralia, Washington, and together they built a life filled with love and companionship. 

Passionate about music, Verdie dedicated her voice to the church choir at Garden Street Methodist Church for an incredible 30 years. Her melodic contributions enhanced the worship experience for all who attended. She also found great pleasure in attending Whatcom Symphony Orchestra concerts for 20 years, indulging in the beauty of classical music. 

Verdie was an enthusiastic sports fan, supporting the Seattle Mariners, Bellingham Bells and professional tennis with unwavering loyalty. Her love for sports brought excitement and camaraderie into her life. 

Not only was Verdie a lover of music and sports, but she also actively participated in her local bowling league for an impressive 30 years. Her competitive spirit and friendly nature endeared her to fellow bowlers and made her a beloved member of the community. 

Verdie graduated from high school in Centralia, Washington. She furthered her education at the University of Washington, earning a bachelor of arts degree in music. Her expertise and passion for music led her to become an administrative executive in the music department at Western Washington University, where she left an indelible mark. 

Described as positive, upbeat and sociable, Verdie had a great sense of humor that brightened the lives of those around her. She had a special ability to connect with people and thoroughly enjoyed their company. 

Verdie is survived by her devoted family, including her eldest son Jeff, younger son Jay, daughter-in-law Sue, and cherished grandson Jay. Their love and memories of Verdie will forever keep her spirit alive in their hearts. 

During this time of loss, we extend our deepest condolences to Verdie’s family and friends. May you find comfort in the love and support of one another and the legacy that Verdie has left behind. 

Rest in peace, dear Verdie Watson. You will be profoundly missed, but forever remembered for the love and joy you brought to the lives of those around you.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on June 13 at Mountain View Cemetery in Centralia, Washington.