Trevor F. Watson

COLUMBIA — Dr. Trevor F. Watson of Columbia died on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 82.

Dr. Watson was a man of many passions and many talents. He crafted handmade wooden furniture for his wife and toys for his grandchildren, keeping family close during the holidays. Mr. Watson's wife, Ellen Sawyer Watson, said he even invented an early predecessor to the seat belt for his kids to wear in the 1960s.

"He enriched my life a lot," Watson said. "We loved to travel."

They traveled to China, Indonesia, the Mediterranean, Budapest, Turkey, the Holy Lands, Prague and many other places.

"It's amazing what all we did," Watson said.

He was born Jan. 28, 1929, in Quincy, Ill., to Ray B. and Evelyn Cook Watson.

"He could never sit still," said Libby Watson King, a former daughter-in-law.

When Dr. Watson was a child, his parents would tell him, "you want it, you make it," King said. And even after retiring from a long career as an obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Watson started his own bird seed and feeder company.

Dr. Watson's daughter, Cheryl Perkins, remembers naming the birds that would come to feeders outside their breakfast table window. She also remembers her father's frustration with squirrels.

"He had an aluminum bird-feeder wired. ... Squirrels would get on the aluminum, and he would zap them," she said. She also mentioned that no squirrels were ever killed, just frightened.

Perkins said her knowledge about the natural world came from her father.

"I know my birds and trees because of my dad," she said. He even taught her and her brother, Trevor Watson Jr., to ice skate behind their house.

He was always teaching, Perkins said, "and very encouraging." Her father helped her find her interest in nursing.

Dr. Watson also enjoyed sewing and preserving and preparing food for others. He also spent time skiing, fishing and hunting.

Dr. Watson married Judith Willis in June 1954 in Kansas City. She died earlier. Dr. Watson later married Ellen Sawyer on Dec. 26, 1987.

Dr. Watson was a 1947 graduate of Quincy (Ill.) High School and ran track for Kansas State University, graduating in 1954 with his bachelor's degree. He was also a member of the fraternity Theta Beta Pi at the university.

Graduating in 1956 with his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Watson completed his residency in the Air Force and was stationed in Tachikawa, Japan, from 1958 to 1961.

Dr. Watson moved to Columbia in 1963 and established a private practice. He retired in 1999 after serving as an doctor in the community for 39 years.

Dr. Watson was a member of Memorial Baptist Church, the Golden K. Kiwanis and the Cook Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology and was a contributor to the Tiger Scholarship Fund. He was a senior Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Boone County Medical Society and the Kansas City Gynecological Society, a fellow of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons and an honorary member of the Republic of Georgia Medical Association.

He was known affectionately by his family and especially his grandchildren as "Grandypa."

Dr. Watson is survived by his wife Ellen; a daughter, Cheryl Perkins and husband, Keith, of Lee's Summit; a son, Trevor Watson Jr. and wife, Stacy, of Hixson, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Mary Ellen Ankeney and husband, John, of Columbia; seven grandchildren, Arthur Ankeney of Columbia, Dana and Audrey Perkins of Lee's Summit, Claire Watson of Nashville, Tenn., Trey Watson, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Jennifer and Jessica McKinley of Hinxon, Tenn.,; and a sister, Joyce Watson of North Hollywood, Calif.

A sister, Dorothy Watson and a granddaughter, Megan Sawyer Ankeney, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Watson's family would like to express their special thanks to all the staff of Bluff Creek Terrace, Candlelight Lodge, and personal care giver Tony Allen for their exceptional care, love, and support.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C., 20090-6011, or online; or to Memorial Baptist Church, 1634 Paris Road, Columbia, MO, 65201-5612.

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