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Fran Watson, age 80, of Joplin, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Fran was born on Nov. 17, 1937, in Brookfield, Mo., the daughter of the late Carl and Frances (Correll) Yount. She graduated from Clarence High School, in Clarence, Mo. She attended Ozark Christian College and MSSU.
Fran married John Watson on Aug. 22, 1958, in Brookfield, and together they raised three children.
In 1963 they moved to Joplin. She worked 41 years as the Customer Service Manager at the 15th Street Wal-Mart Store #59. She was a longtime member of the Hornet Christian Church.
While raising her family she enjoyed sewing and was a cub scout leader. She loved her job and spreading the word of Jesus to everyone she met, living out her motto "I would that you would know my Jesus."
Fran is survived by her husband of 59 years, John Watson Sr., of Joplin; one daughter, Titia Miller, of Joplin; two sons, John Watson Jr., of Manchester, Conn., and Robert Watson and wife, Lana, of O'Fallon, Ill.; two sisters, Carolyn Pierce and Linda Boling; four brothers, Carl Yount, David Yount, James Yount and Shelby Yount; 11 grandchildren, Rob Watson and wife, Courtney, Caleb Watson, Michaela Page and husband, Caleb, Rachel Watson, Jael Watson, Leah Watson, Anna Watson, John Watson III, Titia Watson, Jordan Miller and wife, Hannah, and Josh Miller; one great-grandson, Ronun Page; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Hornet Christian Church. Butch Ward and Jim Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Hornet Cemetery. The pallbearers will be Fran's grandsons. The visitation will be 3-4 p.m. Sunday at Mason-Woodard Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Hornet Christian Church or Ozark Christian College, in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Published on January 19, 2018
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