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The Suburbanite
  • Barbara Ann, “Bobbi” Watson (nee Watson) passes away

  • Age 74, of Parma, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 at the Seasons of Life Residential Hospice in Parma following a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was born Dec. 7, 1935 at the City Hospital of Akron, Ohio to Howard Henry Watson and Anna Elizabeth (nee Barnard) Watson. She attended Green High School, graduating in 1953, and then attended the University of Akron where she studied Education.

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  • Age 74, of Parma, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 at the Seasons of Life Residential Hospice in Parma following a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was born Dec. 7, 1935 at the City Hospital of Akron, Ohio to Howard Henry Watson and Anna Elizabeth (nee Barnard) Watson. She attended Green High School, graduating in 1953, and then attended the University of Akron where she studied Education.
    She resided in Green, Ohio for most of her life. Her employment career included being Manager of Green Light Tupperware Distributors in Akron, Directory Assistance Operator at AT&T for over 20 years, working until her early retirement in 1981, and retiring as a Drafting Engineer in Akron. She then went back to work full-time as a Quality Control Inspector at the Wright Tool Co. in Barberton where she retired from full-time employment in 2001. Even in retirement, Bobbi loved to stay busy and connected and worked at the Home Depot on Brookpark Road in Cleveland.
    Bobbi also gave of her time volunteering at the Parma Community General Hospital in their Medical Records Dept. and their Gift Shop, and was a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at University Hospital’s Ireland Cancer Center. Always active, Bobbi was involved with the U.S.O. in Broadview Heights, was a longtime member of The Order of Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron of Elva Chapter #304 in 1973, and later became a member of Anna Dean Chapter #595 in Barberton, and eventually the Billows Chapter #483 in Akron, where she achieved her 50-year membership. She was also a member of T.O.P.S. (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) #373 in Independence, Ohio where she served as Leader and obtained K.O.P.S. status. She also had previously been a member of D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution), The Order of Rainbow for Girls, The Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, The Army and Navy Union U.S.A. Ladies’ Auxiliary, The Royal Order of Moose, and The AT&T Pioneers, all of Akron. U.S.A. Ladies’ Auxiliary, The Royal Order of Moose, and The AT&T Pioneers, all of Akron.
    Bobbi also enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, water-color painting, and often ended-up being the photographic historian for the groups in which she belonged, a position she accepted and enjoyed.
    Bobbi is survived by her loving daughter, Susan E. Holick-Bade (Douglas S. Bade) of Parma; her brother, Howard W. “Jerry” Watson (Pat); her nieces, Sally Lou Watson Rivera (Jesse), Cassandra S. Watson Harig (Joe) and Rene Carmack; her nephews, Howard H. “Ricky” Watson (Tammy), Terry W. Watson (Char), Michael H. Watson (Trisha), and Kenneth Carmack; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
    Preceding Bobbi in death were her parents, Howard H. Watson and A. Elizabeth Watson-McKee; and her stepfather, Gailard “Sam” McKee.
    Memorial Service to was celebrated Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 at the Busch Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert O. Kuntz, Pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Parma, officiated.
    Page 2 of 2 - Private inurnment of Bobbi’s cremated remains will be held at a later date at Mount Hope Cemetery in Akron. Although flowers are appreciated, the family prefers memorial contributions be forwarded to the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, 2110 West 110th Street, Cleveland, OH 44102, or to the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland, 2507 East 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44115.