ROCHELLE — Vivian F. Watson, 79, passed away on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in her daughter’s home in Ashton, after a long illness.
Vivian was born June 26, 1933, in Rochelle, the daughter of Luther and Ruth Austin. She was married to Johnny Watson on Nov. 22, 1952 in Oregon. He preceded her in death on June 12, 2006.
Vivian grew up living in close proximity to her siblings and their families, which she treasured. She loved being a grandmother and was very proud of her children and grandchildren. In recent years, she particularly enjoyed coffee and outings “with the girls.”
Vivian retired from Eaton Corporation of Rochelle in the late 1980s. Previous employers included The Furniture Factory of Rochelle and Edelmann’s of Dixon.
She is survived by son, David (Karen) Watson, Hoffman Estates; grandson Brian Watson, Washington DC; daughter Cheryl (Harold Jr.) Ebens, Ashton; granddaughter Dr. Christen Ebens, Livonia, Mich.; and grandsons Chet Ebens, Atlanta, Ga. and Scott Ebens, Dixon.
In addition to her husband, Vivian was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, David “Genie” Wares; brothers, Luther Austin Jr., Robert Austin; and sisters, Dorothy Oleson, Doris Oleson and Betty Beck.
Her family wishes to express its appreciation for the cards, phone calls and visits from family, friends and clergy throughout her illness. Each brightened her day.
Private services will precede interment at Lawnridge Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Rock River Valley. 264 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL, 61021.