Fay F. Watson, 75

WATERVILLE — Fay F. Watson, 75, of Poland, died on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Thayer Hospital in Waterville.

She was born in Lewiston on June 11, 1937, the daughter of Donald Trafford and Edith (McCleary) Trafford. Fay attended the Empire School and the Minot Corner School, graduating from Edward Little High School, Class of 1955. She joined the Army after high school and served in Japan.

She was married to Jerry Norman Watson on Dec. 11, 1960.

Fay worked at the Lewiston Raceway, Maine Motel and Cabins, Ames, Gould and Scammon, Darling’s Auto and Lee Auto. She also was an Avon representative.

Fay had many hobbies, including knitting and crocheting beautiful Afghans and clothing for pillow dolls. She also made very nice beaded Christmas ornaments, bracelets and little angels. Many evenings were spent playing cards with Joe, Chuckie and Lois. Fay absolutely adored her cats, Maurice and Muffin. They were her kids.

She also loved her flower gardens and watching the birds in her backyard. Now who is going to pick all of the blackberries with her sister, Bea?

Fay was in long-term relationships with Douglas Salley and Melvin Nelson. Those years riding behind Buzz on that motorcycle, along with Jim and Marcia, Mac, Ronnie and Theo, were memories to never be forgotten. Whenever she was able, she would attend Candy’s barrel racing events, trying her best to be there for her daughter to cheer her on.

Surviving are her children, Norman J. Watson of Saugerties, N.Y., Candy L. Bishop of Porter, Jessie J. Watson of Middle Grove, N.Y. and Ray L. Watson of New York; sisters, Beatrice Bouffard of Lewiston, Lois Oberg of Two Harbors, Minn. and Marcia Cavers of Poland; brother, Maitland “Joe” Trafford of New Gloucester; stepmother, Virginia Trafford of Center Conway, N.H.; half sisters, Sandra Newton of Tempe, Ariz., Patricia Jacobson of Kelsey, Minn., Donna Ward, of Hiram, Deborah Payton of Salida, Colo. and Darlene Leavitt of Center Conway, N.H.; half brothers, Donald Trafford of West Baldwin, Darryl Trafford of Limington, Dean Trafford of North Conway, N.H., and Donald Trafford of Scarborough; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They were so cherished, and she loved having them come for a visit.

Fay was predeceased by both of her parents; grandparents, Roy and Ethel Trafford McCleary; ex-husband, Jerry Watson; and partners, Douglas Salley and Melvin Nelson.

There will be no funeral at this time. On Sunday, June 9, there will be a celebration of Fay’s life at the home of Jim and Marcia Cavers, 780 Empire Road, Poland. It will be a potluck reunion for family and friends. Bring your lawn chairs and a dish to share. If you wish to make a donation in Fay’s memory, please consider the American Diabetes Association.

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