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Lillian Irene Watson

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Lillian Irene Watson


Lillian Irene Watson, of Neptune, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, April 18, 2011. Irene and her husband, Jim Watson of 60 years raised their family on River Street, Red Bank before moving to Neptune. For the last six years, Irene resided in Alta Loma, Calif. with her daughter, but her heart was always in Red Bank. Irene will be remembered as a loving wife, tender and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a cherished friend. She was a lifelong member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Red Bank until she moved to Neptune, where she became a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Asbury Park. As the matriarch and surrogate mom of the neighborhood, Irene was always first to care for a neighbor, relative or friend. Our house was always filled with friends, relatives, happiness, celebration, laughter and love.

Irene is predeceased by her parents, Lucy Gordon Brito and Joe Brito, Red Bank; daughter, Linda Lorraine Watson; sister, Beatrice Brito Taylor, New York; sister, Norma Brito Todd, Red Bank; brother, Maximiano Brito II, Red Bank; and her brother, Joe Brito Jr. of Red Bank. She is survived by her sons, Joseph Watson Sr. and Bea of Henderson, Nev., and Gary Watson Sr. and his wife Laura of Manchester; her daughter, Gail Brito Watson of Alta Loma, Calif.; grandchildren, Veronica Delaney and Velvette Delaney of California, Joseph Watson Jr. and his wife Tamara of Henderson, Nev., Gary A. Watson Jr. and his wife Aretha of Tinton Falls, Michael Watson and his wife Jane of Palmdale, Calif., Keith McCue and his wife Cindy of Brick, and Christopher McCue and his wife Kelly of Red Bank; great-grandchildren, Alexandra Watson, Mason McCue, and Brycen McCue of N.J., Eric Keyes of Ca.; nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Condolences will be from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28 until the memorial service at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 155 Prospect Ave., Asbury Park. Interment at Monmouth Memorial Park, Tinton Falls. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Watson Family Investment Group. Donations will be used to purchase a memorial bench in Marine Park, Red Bank in the name of Irene & James Watson. Marine Park overlooking the Navesink River was one of their favorite places in Red Bank. Mail checks to Gary A. Watson Sr., 10 Trevi Court, Manchester, NJ 08759. Arrangements by Cofer Memorial Home, Red Bank.

Published in Asbury Park Press on May 1, 2011
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