Velma Leona Watson

Velma Leona Watson, daughter of the late F. A. and Rose Zella (Fry) Micham, was born on June 24, 1917 in Mountain Grove, Missouri, and departed this life on January 31, 2017 in Cabool, Missouri. She was 99 years, seven months, and seven days of age.

Leona grew up five miles north of Mountain Grove in the community of Brushy Knob where she went to school. She attended Willow Springs Free Will Baptist Church where her family served as charter members. Leona was eleven years old when the church was organized and she was saved and baptized there. She also taught Sunday school for the little class and the junior class for several years.

On November 11, 1933, Leona and Lorence Watson were married in Mountain Grove. Their union was blessed with two children, Darrell and Carol.

Leona loved being a house wife and cooking for her family and friends. She loved to play the piano and sing. She sang with the Old Time Gospel Singers for fifty years and also sang with the “Nursing Home Singers.” Leona loved to go to revivals and singings.

Besides her parents, Leona was preceded in death by her husband, Lorence; her great-grandson, Andrew Housley; two brothers, Alden Micham and Ernest Micham; and three sisters, Violet Travis, Alta Hankins, and Marie Scott.

She is survived by her son, Darrell Watson and wife Paula of Springfield, Missouri; her daughter, Carol Green and husband Lyle of Mountain Grove; five grandchildren, Tina, Tammi, Terri, Darren, and Shawn; eight great-grandchildren; twelve great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends who will greatly miss her.

Visitation was held on Friday, February 3, 2017, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and her funeral service followed at 10:00 a.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home with Rev. Duane Crewse officiating. Song selections were “Land of Dreams Come True,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Serenaded by Angels” rendered by Ray Bradley and accompanied by Teresa Bradley. Serving as pallbearers were Matthew Hannon, Toby Thompson, Cody Neugebauer, Trent Jones, Issac Moehlenbrock, and Jacob Moehlenbrock. Burial was at Willow Springs Cemetery, Mountain Grove, under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Compasses c/o the funeral home. 

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