Marjory Edna Brown Watson
Funeral services for Marjory Edna Brown Watson, 98, former Arapaho resident, will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Clinton Cemetery, officiated by “Sandy” Shepherd.
Mrs. Watson died Monday, April 21, 2014, in her Peoria, Ariz., home. She was born July 16, 1915, on a farm 2½ miles southwest of Colony, and went to school in the country at Pioneer School. When she entered the fourth grade, the family moved to Colony.
She was in the 11th grade when she met Tolbert Watson, who was teaching school at Colony.
Since teachers could not date students, she quit school. They were married Jan. 10, 1932. In August, 1932, they moved to Stafford where Tolbert had a position as teacher and coach.
During their time in Stafford, Mrs. Watson finished high school, graduating in 1937. They moved to Arapaho in the summer of 1939.
On Dec. 19, 1943, Tolbert was drafted into the Navy during World
War II. Marjory became a rural letter carrier in Tolbert’s place for 10 months.
She then took leave of absence to go with their children to live in California and be with Tolbert, until he went to sea on an oil tanker. In California, Marjory became a regular “Rosie the Riveter” working in a defense plant. After Tolbert went to sea, she and the kids returned to Oklahoma until the war was over. They then joined Tolbert to live about a year in Galveston, Texas, until he was discharged in August, 1946.
The family returned to Arapaho where Tolbert and Marjory became postal employees. They retired in 1982. Marjory had 36 years of service and Tolbert had 39 years, making a total of 75 years.
During their years in Arapaho, Marjory was active in the former Sew and So Club. The club helped the City of Arapaho to get street signs, to restore the public library, and make contributions to the local cemetery.
Marjory and Tolbert were the main committeemen for the “Trail of 100 Years” Arapaho centennial celebration book.
Kyle, their son, predeceased Marjory in 1992 and Tolbert, her husband of 73 years, predeceased her in 2004, as did a son-in-law, Alfred Goucher, in 2013.
She is survived by her daughter, Kay Goucher of Peoria, Ariz.; two granddaughters, Kyle Shepherd and her husband, Lyle, and Katherine Kreizenbeck and her husband, Kevin, all of Arapaho; a grandson, Stephen Goucher and his wife, Thelma, of Peoria, Ariz.; seven great grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.