Carolyn W. Watson
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Butala Funeral Home & Crematory - Sycamore
1405 Dekalb Ave
Sycamore, IL
Carolyn W. Watson

Born: July 17, 1938

Died: July 11, 2020

Carolyn W. Watson, of Sycamore, IL. formerly of Oak Park passed from this world into grace Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the age of 81.

She was born July 17, 1938 in Chicago to Herbert and Irene Westerman. In her early life she was involved in youth group at Glenview Community Church, loved animals, and was an avid horseback rider.

She graduated from Glenbrook High School and attended Elmira College in upstate New York. Married to Robert Bell, she made a home and raised a family in Oak Park, where she fought for "open housing" in the 60's. She passed on her commitment to political and social activism to her children and grandchildren. In addition, Carolyn was a registered nurse and specialized in obstetrics during her career in the Chicago area.

Later married to Ken Watson, she moved to Sycamore, IL, where she was active in the community-working as an election judge and volunteering in several social justice causes. She also found a strong home and community at Sycamore United Methodist Church. Her many dear friends from her church family gave her great joy. Throughout, she gave her unconditional love and support to her five children, stepchildren and fifteen grandchildren.

She is survived by her children; Peter Bell (Colleen), Karen Byrne (Richard Farrell), James Bell (Christine), Julie Scianna (Vince), Sarah Harmon, step-children; Lee and Ellen Watson, and her grandchildren; Dylan, Audrey, Grace and, Emily Bell; James and Liam Byrne; Andrew, Samuel, Jacob, and Jane Bell; Lydia, Thomas and Robert Scianna; Joshua and Erin Harmon.

Carolyn's Celebration of Life will be on Friday, July 17th at 11:00 a.m. at the Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave., Sycamore, IL. 60178. Her service can also be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-o7z3h75ShKmtdrGnNdDKA/videos ; To honor Carolyn, please contribute to local food banks and efforts to end homelessness.

Arrangements were competed by the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory of Sycamore. To sign the online guest book or write a special memory, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com

Published by Daily-Chronicle on Jul. 15, 2020.
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May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Christi
Friend
July 19, 2020
My Deepest Sympathy to Karen and All of the Family. May your beautiful memories comfort you at this time and Always. Love, Beth Kalinski Rochford
Beth Rochford
Friend
July 17, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
David Thies
Friend
July 17, 2020
Carolyn was such a kind soul. From the first time I met her I felt I could be my open and honest self. Once I became pregnant with my first child I had many concerns. I remember sitting with Karen several times and she would just pick up the phone to call Carolyn. We asked questions and she happily talked me off a ledge. Thank you for being you and may you rest in peace. Love Jillian Farrell
Jillian Farrell
Friend
July 17, 2020
I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with all of you.
Margaret Duff Walsh
Friend
July 17, 2020
May God bless you Julie during this most difficult time, along with your entire family.
Deepest sympathy to you all.
Lauri Bianchi
Friend
July 17, 2020
We are so sad to hear about the passing of your mother. It sounds like she was truly a sunshine here on earth, and has made a difference in many peoples lives. She will be missed and her memory will live on through all of her beautiful acts of kindness here on earth.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
The Sauder Family
Friend
July 17, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Sharon Lacy
Friend
July 17, 2020
Sharon Lacy
Friend
July 17, 2020
Hi Sarah
I truly sorry to hear your mother passing.
A mother loved is so precious.
She will always be in your heart.
May the Lord give you and your family comfort.
Love
Sharon
Sharon Lacy
Friend
July 17, 2020
What a wonderful woman! Thank you for being you and thank you for raising such great kids, especially Julie. Love Jenny Marcus
Jenny Marcus
Friend
July 16, 2020
Linda Backe
July 16, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. Lynn will always be fondly remembered, as we celebrated many family holidays and parties together with great conversation and lots of laughter.
Maureen and David Baird
Friend
July 15, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to your beautiful mother. We are grateful that you all had so many memories to cherish and hold close to your heart. I know her spirit will live on in the way you all love and care for each other. The Shirley family is praying for peace during this difficult time. God bless you all!
Andra Shirley
Friend
July 15, 2020
Dearest Sarah and Family
So sorry of the loss of your beautiful Mama and Grandma
God bless you all
Millie Cummings
Friend
July 15, 2020
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom. She was an incredibly special person and holds a place in my heart as does the your whole family. God bless....
Jill & Bill Kelly
Friend
July 15, 2020
My friend Julie, losing your mom is hard but knowing she is a peace will eventually ease some of the emptiness. May she live in your heart forever.

Lydia, Thomas and Robert this is a tough time but may your memories be fond and your stories of your grandmother put a smile on your face and warmth in your soul.

To Julies entire family, my prayers are with all of you as well.

Deepest sympathies, love and peace
Kim Kopija
Kim Kopija
Friend
July 15, 2020
My condolences to Karen and the whole family. Ill be keeping you all in my thoughts in this sad time.
Dena Jo Pavlovic
Friend
July 14, 2020
My Mom will be missed by so many. She will be celebrated as long as I walk this earth. I will see her in the night sky, I will see her in the garden, I will see her in the rising and the setting of the sun, I will hear her in the wind, the sounds of fauna, laughter and sound of music. She has been one of the most powerful guiding forces in my life. She showed me how to be a good Mother, she always had the answer that I was looking for. She showed me how to be a good citizen, how to fight for the "least among us" and make my voice heard. She will be with me always. Thank you for being an amazing Mom and Grandma to my Children. I will miss you every day...
Karen Byrne
Daughter
July 14, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Robin and Ciro SCALETTA
Friend
July 14, 2020
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