Edith Mae Watson, age 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital. She was the youngest of nine children born to the late Gordy Lee and Ola Mae Crippen on June 25, 1937 in Withams, Virginia.
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“Ma Edith,” as she was affectionately known to many, was educated in the Norfolk Public School System. Edith was a consistent member of the workforce as a result, she had experience in various fields. However, her last and favorite occupation was that as a cook at Bayside Market.
“Ma Edith,” was a faithful member of St. John Independent Church under the leadership of Rev. Brenda Wise. She was a loving mother and grandmother and loved spending time with her family every chance she was given. Edith loved riding out to the store and other places, no matter where they were going, she was ready to ride. In her spare-time, she enjoyed completing jigsaw puzzles, crocheting, and crossword puzzles. “Ma Edith” will be missed by all that knew and loved her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard R. Watson, Sr.; daughter, Debra Bell; and her siblings, Alvin, Norwood, Leon, Willard, Mary, Delores, and Hazel.
She leaves to cherish her memories: daughters, Brenda (Laronn) Smith, Cherie (Nelson) Ridley, both of Parksley, VA, and Jewel (Alan) Miller of Waldorf, MD; sons, Richard R. Watson, Jr. of Raleigh, NC, Larry Watson of Fayetteville, NC, and Mervin Watson of Temperanceville, VA; twenty-two grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Robert Bell of Temperanceville, VA; brother, Hursel (Delores) Crippen; two sisters-in-law, LaRue Holden and Joyce Watson; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and closes friends.