Elizabeth (Libby) Bailey Watson, born April 9, 1923, died peacefully April 28, 2014 at age 91. Her daughter, Ann Watson, preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Dr. John R. Watson. Libby was a devoted mother and grandmother of John "Jack" Watson (Pam), Matt and Doug; Robert Watson, Kate and Megan; Charles Watson (Karin), Tom and Peter; James Watson (Marlece), David, John Patrick and Michael; and Jane Blythe (Chris), Carrie and Annie. In addition she is survived by seven great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Libby was born in Minneapolis to Leslie D. and Ellen H. Bailey, the second of four children. Her brothers John, Albert, and Charles Bailey preceded her in death. Libby graduated from Elk River High School, Elk River, Minnesota, in 1941 and Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, in 1945. She married John Watson on September 15, 1945 and took great joy in raising their family. Libby enjoyed bridge, golf, tennis, stitchery, and, of course, chocolate. She was a member of PEO Chapter CP, the Colony Club, and the Medford Congregational United Church of Christ. She enjoyed spending time in Brookings, Oregon, as well as summers at Lake of the Woods. She spent many of her younger years as a camp counselor in Minnesota.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ. A reception will immediately follow at the Rogue Valley Manor, Siskiyou Plaza, Rogue Room. Remembrances may be made to the Hillcrest Committee for the American Cancer Society, c/o Karin Dailey, 2673 Oak View Circle, Medford, OR 97504, or the Medford Congregational United Church of Christ.