Catherine Ryan “Kay” Watson, age 95, of Marion, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2019 at The Mitchell House in Spruce Pine following a decline in health over the last few years. A native of Suffolk County, Mass., she was a daughter of the late James J. Ryan and Catherine O’Sullivan Ryan and was born on April 8, 1924. She came from a family of eight girls and was the last remaining. She loved people and enjoyed talking about her big family. An excellent seamstress, she did a lot of work for folks over the years. She was ahead of her time in her younger days when she was a ballroom-style roller-skater, a skill that is experiencing a resurgence. One of her favorite things to do was eat lunch out every day. Her husband of 66 years, William Watson, preceded her in death, as did both of her children, Donna Watson and Billy Watson.
Surviving are two grandchildren, Jason Denning and Kelli Schopmeyer; four great-grandchildren, Lucas and Jacob Denning and Riley and Ramsey Thomas; a son-in-law, Roger Fortune; her former granddaughter-in-law, Kelli Spartz; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private family graveside committal service will take place at a later date.
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