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Dorothy L. Watson

After a peaceful passing at her Lake Doster home, Dot went to be with her loving Lord on Friday, April 10, 2020.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gene, whom she married on March 30, 1946. The couple enjoyed nearly 70 years of marriage together. They proudly raised three sons, Douglas (Sharon) Watson, Kenneth (Gail) Watson and Dennis (Liz) Watson. Dot cherished her six grandchildren, Lori Layman, Jason (Gina) Watson, Scott (Tonia) Watson, Rick Watson, Jessy (Chad) Doxtator and Jenny (Jeff) Doychich along with eleven great-grandchildren.

Dot was a long-time member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego. She actively served on the prayer team, hospitality team, and care and compassion team. She will always be remembered for her famous peanut brittle that she shared with so many. She loved her life traveling with Gene, golfing and playing cards.

A private family graveside service will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

A celebration of Dot’s life will be held at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Dot may be made to the First Congregational Church of Otsego,

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Penny baker

April 10, 2020 at 5:08 pm

So very, very sorry.

Lark & Penny Baker


Jan Myers-Carpenter

April 10, 2020 at 5:38 pm

I’m so very sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. She will certainly be missed by many. I have man fond memories of her especially in Las Vegas one year.

To all of the family my heartfelt condolences and prayers for all of you


Bonnie goodacre

April 10, 2020 at 6:55 pm

Doug and Sharon, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, heartfelt condolences to you and the entire family, your in my thoughts during this difficult time.


Bob and Joyce Bloom

April 10, 2020 at 7:13 pm

To Ken and Gail and all of Dot’s family, we extend our deepest sympathy.


John Pullen

April 10, 2020 at 7:41 pm

Doug, Ken and family so sorry to hear of your mom passing. She was a wonderful lady.



Marc and Janet Reardon

April 11, 2020 at 7:52 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She was such a kind and loving aunt. So sorry for your loss.


timothy brewster

April 11, 2020 at 9:11 am

To the Watson family

Sorry for the passing of your mother. She is now back together with your father. She always was a nice lady that loved all of you. She will always be remember and loved in your hearts.


Shirley Brainard & Lucian Marks

April 11, 2020 at 9:25 am

Our thoughts and prayers to the family, Dot was always such a friendly, sweet and loving lady, we will miss her but know she is at peace now with our Lord & Gene.


Tim and Marcia Quigley

April 11, 2020 at 10:39 am

Dear Family,

We are so saddened to hear of Dot’s passing. We shall always remember her coming to the Elks for dinner with Gene. She always looked so meticulous and always had a smile for everyone! I called Dot one day to get her peanut brittle recipe and I only make it at Christmas time but I shall cherish it forever! Please know that your mom is now a Special Angel in Heaven watching over you!


Mary (Vandervort) Carruthers

April 11, 2020 at 11:40 am

So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I have many great memories of your mother and father. I will cherish these forever. They were great people and will be very much missed.


Ray & Barb Olsen

April 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm

So sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you. She had a good long life.


Marilyn Lamborn

April 11, 2020 at 12:31 pm

Dear Watson Family: I am so sad to read of your Mom’s passing. She was a special lady. Always had a smile and a little

chuckle, even on the golf course when she would have a bad shot, which didn’t happen much. She was fun to play with. It was a pleasure to have known her. Dot is at peace now with God and your Dad by her side.


Dee Krcatovich

April 11, 2020 at 2:25 pm

My heart is broken at the news of Dot’s passing. What a beautiful lady she was, and such a wonderful legacy she leaves behind. Every Sunday in church she gave me a hug and had a kind word to pass on. Her generosity and love will be missed by many. May God embrace her family and friends with comfort and peace. I can picture in my mind Dot’s entrance into her eternal home and our Heavenly Father’s open arms. What a glorious event that must have been. My deepest condolences to the Watson family. May her memories live on in your hearts forever. I truly loved her and will miss her deeply.


Don & Sherry Hurlbut

April 11, 2020 at 3:22 pm

Doug & Sharon and the entire Watson families: We are so sorry for your loss. You will miss your Mom, , but she’ll be glad to join your Dad again. May your memories help you through the difficult days.

Love to you! Don & Sherry


Doug and Judy Scheppelman

April 11, 2020 at 5:29 pm

Ken, Gail, Dennis and Doug

We’re very sorry to hear of Dot’s passing during such a difficult time. Love and prayers for you and your families.


Vicki Deemer

April 11, 2020 at 6:37 pm

Dear Watson Family

So sorry to hear of Dot’s passing. She was such a sweet kind lady.

I probably wouldn’t be here in Michigan, if we had not known Dot and Gene. They helped us get settled here all those years ago.

Now they are at peace,

together again in heaven.

Love Vicki


Debbie Anderson

April 11, 2020 at 6:56 pm

My heart goes out to Dot’s family upon her passing. Such a lovely Christian lady who had such a compassionate heart. She was always ready to give and receive her hug on Sunday mornings at church. I will always picture in my mind how she would hold her petite little hand in the middle of her forehead and try to tell myself and my twin sister apart. She very seldom got it right, but boy did she try. One of my memories of her was when Pastor Ray challenged the congregation to memorize The Beatitudes and recite them in the front of the sanctuary. Dot made her walk to the front and stood there and recited them needing very little help. I always admired her lover for all her friends and especially her family. Dot you will be missed by so many, but your entry into Heaven to meet our Lord and to reunite with Gene had to be such a glorious homecoming. I loved you very much and will miss you.


Judith HiemstraBronson

April 11, 2020 at 6:57 pm

Doug and Sharon and family. I am so sorry for loss.


Peggy Thompson

April 11, 2020 at 7:06 pm

Heaven did receive a Wonderful, Loving, Sweet Lady… she will always have a place in my heart… a lady to admire and learn from…

Yes I was one of those people at church that so loved her peanut brittle… I would always look for the container … it was the best ever!

My prayers are for you, the family … may all the great memories help dry tears…


Lynn & Duane Bronkema

April 11, 2020 at 7:55 pm

Dear Ken, Gail and all the Watson Family. My Heart breaks for the lost of Dot, your Mom ! She was the kindness, sweetest lady and always had smile and a big hug for everyone she ever met. She showed us on how a little kindness could go a long way ! We loved that lady !! She will be greatly missed . Just think that now she will be again with Gene, and happy they are back together, in love. Also Heaven now has a Lovely New Angel Lady to watch over her family !! I wish you Comfort, Love and Peace thru this difficult time. God Loves you and so do we !


Jim Misner

April 11, 2020 at 9:08 pm

Watson Family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your Mother. Prayers for you all.


Roy & Kay Butler

April 12, 2020 at 9:50 am

Watson Family Sorry for your lose God be with you


John & Diane Glessner

April 12, 2020 at 10:45 am

Dear Ken & Gail, Doug & Sharon, Dennis & Liz and families,

We want you to know how sad we are in the passing of your mom and grandma. Dot was a beautiful lady with so much warmth and class. She was a sweet presence at our family gatherings for Anna and Ally’s birthdays, sports events, graduations, musicals, etc. She adored her family and friends! She was so full of life and we always looked forward to seeing her. She loved her Jesus and had a contagious faith. What a blessed reunion for her and Gene, dancing in heaven with the heavenly hosts! Our sincere prayers to all of you. Love, John and Diane


Ron & Gail (Foster) Tutewiler

April 12, 2020 at 4:10 pm

We were so sorry to hear about Dot’s passing. She was a lovely lady. I always enjoyed her. She loved her family and I know she was so appreciative of how you folks looked after her. Now she is spending Easter with Gene and many others in the presence of Jesus. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


David R Salisbury

April 12, 2020 at 8:04 pm

Ken and Gail;

You know, your mom had been a “favorite” of mine since the very first week that I visited some four years ago! There was NEVER a Sunday gone by that your mom didn’t push yourself thru to greet me / us from then to the very last Sunday we were in Otsego! What a blessing!

She, along with you guys and many others have been missed. Now, she has lived out her very long life and is home with the master!

I am sure you will miss her very much and so many, many others will too. Her impact has been great.


cathy green

April 13, 2020 at 9:45 am

Ken, Doug and families. We were saddened to hear about your Mom. She was a great lady. She was always so positive and had that beautiful smile and easy to converse with. She will be missed.

Cathy and Bob Green


Steve Root

April 13, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Hello to the Watson family. It’s hard to lose your Dad but much harder to lose your mom,you all have work hard for what you have nobody gave your family nothing. Much respect for all of you love you all Steve and Joyce Root.


Sandra foote

April 14, 2020 at 1:11 pm

Sorry for your loss. I knew she was a wonderful person because she raised doug,gail and dennis.


Chet and Shirley Babrick

April 14, 2020 at 2:22 pm

The Watson Family, so sorry for your loss.. Have known your family for years. Watched your family grow-up and the care that you all had for your mother. She was always so friendly to us. She will be missed. Sending our love. Love, Chet and Shirley


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