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Frances L. Watson

Frances L. Watson, age 89, of Huron, died Sunday, January 27, 2013, at the Huron Regional Medical Center.  Her funeral service was at 2:00 PM, Friday, February 1st, at the United Methodist Church at Hitchcock, with Rev. Timothy Vorlage, officiating.  Burial was in the Altoona Cemetery. 

Frances Lorraine Larsen was born July 10, 1923, to Waldemar and Esther (Buchholz) Larsen on a farm northeast of Hitchcock.  She attended first and second grades at Sturgis and went to country school for three years located between Fairburn and Hermosa.  Frances and her family moved to a farm three miles from Custer.  She attended Custer schools from sixth grade through high school, graduating in 1941.  Frances worked two summers in Rapid City as a mother’s helper during high school.  She corrected papers for teachers and then was employed at the Ben Franklin Store from April 1941 until February 1942.  The family then moved to Redfield, where she worked at the Coffee Shop and the Fair Store.  At this time, Frances met her future husband, Ray Watson.  She attended Northern State Teacher’s College at Aberdeen for one year and two summer terms.  Frances then lived with her parents on a farm near Hitchcock, teaching rural schools for three years.

On November 21, 1945, Frances married Raymond Gerald Watson, upon his return from military service, at the Methodist Parsonage at Hitchcock.  Frances worked for six years as nurses’ aide at James Valley Nursing Home at Redfield.

She belonged to Legion Auxiliary, served on the election board, and was associate leader of the Belmont Baby Beef 4-H Club.  Frances was a member of the Get-To-Gether Extension Club, Merry Mixers Club, WSCS, and United Methodist Women, holding many offices.   She was also the Northern District Secretary and Editor of By-Lines for four years.  Frances collected over 350 salt and pepper shakers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one sister, Helen Schone.

Grateful for having shared in her life are her four children, Walda (Paul) Benker, William (Pat) Watson, Rollie (Lisa) Watson and Nancy (James) Hein, all of Huron; nineteen grandchildren; thirty-three great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Marcella Parsons of Custer; one brother-in-law, Donald Schone of Bellingham, Washington; and one sister-in-law, Marilyn (Junior) Newman of Redfield.

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