SHARAE NICOLE WATSON-SIMMONS EAST CHICAGO, IN Sharae Nicole Watson- Simmons, 40 of East Chicago, IN was born February 5, 1973 to Birdie Watson and Timothy Hawkins in East Chicago, IN. She graduated from East Chicago Central High School in 1991, then attended Purdue University
, West Lafayette, IN where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. Sharae was a devoted mother of two boys, her pride and joy: Kenneth "KJ" and Keenan Simmons. She enjoyed cooking, laughing, and spending quality time with family and friends. In 1995, Sharae was inducted to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Zeta Theta Chapter. Over the years, she was actively involved with the Gary Alumnae Chapter. She was employed with Hammond Lead, Inc. for several years. God called Sharae home on October 3, 2013. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Mary Watson; her aunts: Beulah Watson and Lillie Henderson; her uncles: Noah Watson and BM Watson. Sharae leaves to forever cherish her memory, two wonderful sons: Kenneth "KJ" Simmons and Keenan Simmons, both of East Chicago, IN; mother, Birdie Watson of East Chicago, IN; father Timothy Hawkins of Gary, IN; sister, Chalae (Thomas) Young of Union City, GA; fiance, Jeffrey Austin of Portage, IN; uncles: Otis Watson and Excel! "Butch" Watson, both of East Chicago, IN; Charles (Venita) Watson of Gary, IN, Waver (Angie) Watson of Aberdeen, MS; uncles: Theodore (Nadean) Hawkins of Merrillville, IN, Walter Hawkins, Edward (Gloria) Hawkins, Erskine (Elenora) Hawkins, and Coleman Hawkins all of Gary, IN; aunts: Patricia Mason Hazel of Crest, IL, Loraine Anderson of Gary, IN; Althea (Governor) Jamison of Gary, IN, Esther (Craig) Ayres of Merrillville, IN, Eunice (Edward) Lipscomb of Copperas Cove, TX; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Divinity Funeral Home
, 3831 Main Street, East Chicago, IN. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Family hour 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.; Omega Omega service 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Pastor Kelly B. Williams officiating. Internment, Oak Hill Cemetery, Gary, IN.