Beverly Watson, 79, of Lakewood, died Friday evening at VNA Hospice at Geisinger Community Medical Center. Her husband, Barry Watson, died in 2001.
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Born April 2, 1935, in the Minooka section of Scranton, daughter of the late John and Kathryn Pedick Higgins, she was a graduate of Preston High School and a member of St. Juliana's Church, Rock Lake.
Wearing many different hats, Beverly worked first as a fiscal clerk for Regal Production and then began her lifelong career with Block and Hexter Vacation Center. Starting in the kitchen, Beverly then expanded to office management and, in her later years, dining room
Beverly was very active in both local and state politics, holding the position of vice chairwoman of Wayne County Republicans and committeewoman for numerous years. She was an elected official, holding the office of Preston Twp. supervisor and serving as chairwoman. She volunteered with the American Red Cross and Parent Teacher Association, and was a dedicated supporter of St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen.
As a member of a band, Beverly was a fantastic drummer. That led to her being offered a scholarship to attend the University of Miami to play in its band. She attended numerous night classes at the University of Scranton, as she
had a constant thirst for knowledge.
Surviving are a daughter, Mary Fitzsimmons and husband, James, Browndale; a sister, Dolores Indivino, Port Richie, Fla.; three grandchildren, Ashley and Logan Fitzsimmons and Kathryn Watson; a great-grandchild, Keeghan Carson; nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Also preceding her in death was a daughter, Fawn Watson.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Kevin M. Lesjack
Funeral Home, 513 Main St., Forest City, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 at St. Joseph's Church, Forest City. Interment, Watson Farm Cemetery.
Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home
513 Main Street Forest City, PA 18421
Published in Scranton Times on June 30, 2014