No services will be held for Marie Josephine Watson, 93, of Kerrville, who passed away Sunday, September 11, 2022 in a local care center. Arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.
Martha Stone Palmer
Monday, September 19, 2022
Marie Stone Watson was my father’s younger sister, by 4 years. Growing up partly in Houston and partly on a ranch near Carrizo Springs, they were quickly dubbed Sonny and Sissy, and it stuck. To us she was always “Aunt Sissy.” I admired her sense of style and her clothes savvy – she was invariably impeccably turned out, even at 92, and always fiercely proud of her sons, Paul and Brook, her west Texas family and her four generations of Texas heritage. She impressed upon us the dignity that went with being a “Stone” and that she embodied. She always lived in Texas, raising her boys in Bryan and also living in Austin and Houston for a while before retiring to Kerrville. I also admired her grit and determination. When she found herself divorced and needing to support herself in the 90’s, she leveraged a somewhat checkered background in insurance and real estate into a meaningful job with MCI, locating and leasing cell tower sites all over Texas. She was a strong supporter of women’s rights and very independent herself. In her later years she told amusing stories about her younger days, going to Estes Park in the summers with Aunt Tete and Uncle Doctor, visiting the riotous Boyle cousins of Boyle Hotel fame in Oklahoma City, or acting as the first secretary to the very young Republican party in the 50’s in Houston. She especially enjoyed telling stories about her adored big brother, my father, and how much my mother meant to him. She came to visit my mother in the hospital at the end and brought her peaches and strawberries and memories, and they laughed together like girls. I loved her for that.
Monday, September 19, 2022
Marie was my dear friend, colleague, teacher and sometimes Mom. We made each other laugh and her enthusiasm never lacked. We met when she lived next door, and she brought my first legal client to me. The work for this microwave company was my first experience with the communications industry. Now almost 40 years later, I still practice communications law. Marie was always encouraging and convinced me "I could" rather than "I can't." She never lacked for a good story either. And she was so proud of her two sons.
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Thursday, September 15, 2022
Aunt Sissy was smart. She was always neatly dressed and her hair always carefully styled. Tough and resilient, she lived a long life, enjoying her independence until the end. I called to check on her during the freeze a couple of years ago and she was frustrated because she was out of wine and cigarettes which really made me laugh and then try to find someone to get them to her without any luck. She finally braved the ice on her own. She always welcomed us to her home, scolded us for what she felt were our many shortcomings, then told us to come back soon. I really enjoyed looking at pictures with her and hearing stories about family members I never met. She told me about being injured in a fall on the ranch and then appalled because my dad, her older brother, gave first aid by putting screw worm medicine on the scrapes. She was the last one of that generation in our family to go. I will miss her stories and that last connection with my parents.