Thelma Mae (Adams) Watson
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September 4, 1922 - July 26, 2013
SALEM - Thelma Mae Adams was born to Reba Lois Ball and John Ernest Adams on September 4, 1922, in Anaconda, Montana. She was an only child yet enjoyed growing up with cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Her husband Bill preceded her in death in 2002. Thelma is survived by two sons: Donald Watson (Linda) of McMinnville, Oregon, and David Watson (Pamella) of Salem, Oregon; grandchildren: Amie Watson of Springfield, Oregon, Jonathan Watson of Beaverton, Oregon, and Thangaraj Watson of Salem, Oregon; great-grandchildren: Carla Watson and Cameron Watson both of Salem, Oregon, and Caleb Watson of Hillsboro, OR.
Just before her 18th birthday, her parents loaded up the car for the long drive to Linfield College in McMinnville. During her sophomore year she met the love of her life, William (Bill) Ray Watson from Seattle, WA. While dating and attending First Baptist Church in McMinnville, they discovered that they had been born on the same day and also baptized on the same day, though 3-states apart. Later that year, Bill left Linfield to serve in the Army. Prior to his deployment to France, they were married in Seattle, WA on November 28, 1943.
Thelma returned to Linfield and worked in the college library until her graduation in May 1944. While Bill was serving in France, Thelma worked as a social worker in Butte, MT and Seattle, WA. Following Bill's graduation from Linfield College in May 1948, they lived briefly in Portland, OR before moving to Salem in the spring of 1949. After her sons were in school, Thelma began a 25-year career working for Sears in the Catalog department. She loved serving her church family and was active in the 'Y' Service Club. Thelma's passions included traveling with Bill, gardening, cross-stich, Bible studies, and spending time with her grand- and great-grand children. After her 90th birthday, she moved from her home of 55 years to Lancaster Village, then Lancaster Assisted Living where she delighted in the wonderful care.
Thelma deeply loved her family, many friends - and God who loves us all. A Celebration of New Life will be held Friday, August 2 at 10 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. Memorials may be sent to International Ministries in care of Calvary Baptist Church, 1230 Liberty St. SE, Salem, OR 97302 or to the Salem 'Y' Service Club, 685 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery next to husband Bill. Arrangements are by Crown Memorial Center of Salem.
Crown Memorial Center - Salem
412 Lancaster Drive NE
Salem, OR 97301
Published in StatesmanJournal on July 31, 2013