Margie Haddock Watson
COLUMBIA — Margie Haddock Watson of Columbia died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at her home. She was 84.
She was born Dec. 19, 1925, in Kemp, Okla., to Curt and Miranda Haddock.
During World War II, Mrs. Watson met career Air Force pilot James Eli Watson III. They married on May 24, 1946, in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Watsons moved across the U.S. and Europe because of the Air Force but also traveled for fun. Mrs. Watson enjoyed planning and organizing their trips.
“We traveled everywhere because of my dad’s job in the military,” said her daughter Ann Watson Nadler. “Her favorite place she lived was California. She loved it there.”
As a military officer’s wife, Mrs. Watson was known for her ability to entertain on a moment's notice, and she was actively involved as the president of the Officers Wives Club in New York and Washington, D.C.
The Watsons moved to Columbia when Mr. Watson became a professor at MU and the associate director of the Missouri Kidney Program.
Mrs. Watson enjoyed volunteering, her bridge club and being a deacon at First Presbyterian Church.
“She was a wonderful mother, and we loved her dearly,” Nadler said.
Mrs. Watson is survived by two daughters, Carol Watson Fleisher and Ann Watson Nadler, both of Columbia; a brother, Clovis Curtis Haddock of San Antonio, Texas; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a niece and a nephew.
Her husband, a daughter, Nancy Susan Watson Dorman, and a brother, Wyman Haddock, died earlier.
Services will be 4 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St. A reception will follow at the Watsons' home.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, MO 65202, or First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St., Columbia, MO 65201.
Tributes can be posted online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com