Erma Louise "Cookie" (Watson) Varner

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Erma Louise "Cookie"Watson Varner
Hilton Head Island, S.C. - Erma Louise "Cookie" Watson Varner, beloved wife of Charles Edward Varner, passed away at home on Wednesday August 27, 2014.
Cookie was born to the late Grover Cleveland Watson and Willie Maude Scarborough Watson in Grovania, GA. After graduating from Miller-Lanier High School in Macon, she enrolled at North Georgia College in Dahlonega where, in conjunction with site training at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, she was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. She worked the majority of her professional life at MCG in Augusta, and at the Eisenhower Hospital at Fort Gordon near Augusta. Upon her retirement in 2002, she and Charles moved to Hilton Head, where she spent the rest of her life.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by brother Scarborough Watson, and by sisters Margie Hickson and Melba Allen. She is survived by sisters Dorothy Goumas, Jacquelyn Humphries and Sybil Castellaw, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.
She is also survived by step-children Vickie Varner (Eric) Skidmore, Robin Varner (Philip) Blackerby, Doug Varner, and Alison Varner (John) Post, and by seven grandchildren.
The family is grateful for the thoughtful service provided to Cookie, in recent weeks, by the wonderful people at Hospice Care of the Lowcountry.
Interment will be private at Augusta's Magnolia Cemetery. A memorial gathering for family and close friends is being planned. Services entrusted to The Island Funeral Home and Crematory
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Aug. 29, 2014