MARIWYNN ALFORD WATSON
1928 TX – 2006 TX
Tyler, Smith Co., TX—Friday, 20
Wynn Watson, widow of Russel
Watson, Jr., died on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006. Services will be held on
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at Christ Episcopal Church at 2 p.m., followed by
interment at Rose Hill Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Lloyd
James Funeral Home.
Wynn Watson was born
in Paris, Texas, on June 14, 1928, to Jess and Lucille Rayford Alford. She
attended Camp Waldemar as a Tejas, was a Duchess in the Rose Festival in 1949,
and attended Hollins College in Virginia, graduating with a degree in Fine Art.
She married Russel Watson Jr. in 1950.
Quiet and soft-spoken,
Wynn Watson was remarkably insightful and was never wrong about anything
important. Though her appetite for food had diminished in recent years, she
remained hungry for learning and new information. When visitors arrived, she
always patted the cushion beside her as an invitation for them to sit and talk
and tell her what they were thinking about. She was a good listener. When the
house was still, she always had several books at her side.
Wynn Watson helped
found the Tyler Museum of Art and served as a member and president of the
museum’s Board of Trustees. She also helped found the East Texas Crisis Center,
serving as a board member for several years. In the early 1970s, she hosted
transcendental meditation classes at the very same time she was a member of the
Junior League of Tyler. A member of Christ Episcopal Church, Mrs. Watson also
served in the Altar Guild of Christ Church and was a member of the Episcopal
Church Women. She was a volunteer at PATH and was a member of the Tyler Junior
Garden Club. For many years, she and her husband, Russel, hosted the Thursday
Night Social Club, a gathering that often provided rich stories about our
Wynn Watson was
preceded in death by her husband, Russel Watson Jr. She is survived by her
brother, Jess B. Alford, Jr.; by her son, Russel Breckenridge Watson III, his
wife Dr. Linda Watson, DVM, and sons Russel Breckenridge Watson IV and Joseph
Collier Watson; by her son, Matthew Alford Watson, his wife Judge Judith
Guthrie and daughters, Katherine Lucille Watson and Mary Larkin Watson; by her
daughter, Larkin Watson Forman and her husband Richard Forman; by her son,
William Rayford Collier Watson, his wife Deborah McKeever Watson; and by an
abundant group of nieces and nephews.
are George Oge, Stuart Hunt, Jack Russell, Dr. Harold Cameron, James McCain, Tommy
Swann and J.C. Wynne. Pallbearers are James Wynne, Jeff Alford III, Ron
Gleason, Paul Godwin, Crews Fry, Stephen Bentley and Chris Abraham.
The family will
receive friends at 423 South Chilton on Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, from 5 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tyler Museum of Art; PATH;
East Texas Crisis Center or Christ Episcopal Church.
In another article:
Tyler, Smith Co., TX—Wednesday, 18 October 2006
WOMAN KILLED BY TYLER HOUSE FIRE
An early Wednesday morning fire claimed the life
of a 78-year-old Tyler woman who apparently became overcome with smoke when she
was trying to escape her home in the Manor Place subdivision.
Mariwynn Watson was found dead in her home at
515 Buckingham Place around 10 a.m. Wednesday, said Capt. Jeff Akin, Tyler Fire
Department public information officer.
Akin said Ms. Watson’s maid showed up Wednesday
morning and could not get the front door of the residence open.
“The maid called the woman’s son and he was able
to push the door open, where he found his mother’s body blocking the doorway,”
Akin said the man called for an ambulance for
the woman, and Tyler firefighters also were dispatched as part of procedure.
“When the first fire unit arrived, they could
smell the smoke and saw where the fire had damaged the living room area of the
home,” he said.
As family members consoled each other on the
quiet street, investigators searched for clues to what may have started the
Akin said the woman apparently attempted to
extinguish the fire, but was burned in the process; when she finally tried to
exit, the smoke had overcome her.
Akin said the fire had extinguished itself
during the early morning hours because the home was “so airtight it smothered
However, heavy smoke filled the home. “She tried
to put it out, but the smoke was too much for her,” he said. “It only takes one
good breath of smoke to overcome a person.”
Akin said firefighters were not alerted to the
fire until the woman’s body was found.
“This doesn’t happen often, but the fire
smothered itself and there were no visible signs outside the home that there
was a fire,” he said.
The Wednesday morning blaze was the city’s first
fatal fire of the year...
The woman’s body was sent to the Southeast Texas
Forensic Center in Tyler for an autopsy.
AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.
AAFA records show that Mariwynn was born 14 June
1928 in Paris, Lamar Co., TX.
Her lineage: Mariwynn 1928 TX1, Jess
Burks 1895 TX2, Egbert Benson 1858 AL3, John Rogers 1810
GA4, Kinchen 1779 NC5, James 1741 NC/ VA6, Lodwick
1710 VA7, James 1687 VA8, John 1645 VA9.