Dr. Marcia Dean Watford Williams • May 25, 2022

It is with heavy hearts and much sadness, we announce that Marcia passed away unexpectedly on May 25, 2022 due to a massive stroke. She was 71 years old.

Marcia was born in Phenix City, Alabama September 7, 1950 to parents Jewel Dean Jackson Watford and Donald William Watford, Sr. She grew up in Pensacola where she attended Ferry Pass Elementary and Middle schools, and graduated from Woodham High School. A staunch advocate of higher education, she went on to further her education with an A.S. in Respiratory Therapy, acquired her BS at UWF, MS in Administration online, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She was a single mother, worked fulltime, and drove to Mississippi for two years, working to get her EdD. She was a very determined individual and always finished what she started.

Marcia started her career at Sacred Heart Hospital in respiratory therapy through the on the job training program at that time. She worked her way up to department head and when an opportunity came along, she went to Pensacola Junior College to become the department head of respiratory therapy there. Marcia was also the head of the basketball cheerleaders for many years while at PJC. She ended her career as Provost at the Warrington Campus at Pensacola Junior College where she built and developed the medical program at that campus that is still thriving today. Throughout her career, Marcia was heavily involved with the Pensacola Lung Association and was a staunch advocate of non-smoking laws. Although higher education was very important to Marcia, her greatest joy was her family. She quit work in 2000 to care for her ailing father and mother and was with them every day of their lives. She was a single parent to her son, Joseph and granddaughter, Jessica. She was there for them in every aspect of their lives. She was the life of the party no matter where she was. She made all of our holidays happy with her outgoing personality. She broke in all the new members of the family with her witty personality and upfront attitude. No one was spared her ribbing on their first get-to-gather with family. Marcia enjoyed many fun and athletic activities. She loved dancing with her boyfriend David at the Moose Lodge every Friday night, riding the motorcycle with him and sharing breakfast with him just about every morning. She worked out at the gym twice a week faithfully, saying it kept her young and in good shape. She loved cutting her grass, and keeping her pool immaculate. She loved gardening, especially enjoyed seeing her tomatoes, lemons, peppers, blueberries and oranges grow. She loved sewing. She made a quilt for Jessica, made of all her t-shirts throughout her life. She made Jessica and other family members hot pads and bowl hot pads from scratch. She loved her neighborhood. She walked her dog, Bailey daily and would stop and talked with anyone she passed. She lived next door to her sister, Danita who she shared her love of swinging on the porch, books, and the love of sports. She enjoyed swinging on her sister, Cindy’s porch, and reminiscing about living in her home as a child, as that is where she grew up on Carl Dean Street. She was an “avid” Florida State fan. She loved basketball and would watch every game during the playoffs. She would always make sure her aunt Nene and brother-in-law Ray Knupp, knew when all FSU games were coming on so they could watch them. She was our manly man, as she loved any kind of power tool made by man. If something needed fixing, she would not stop until she figured it out (she got this determination from her mother).

Marcia is preceeded in death by her parents, Jewel Dean Jackson Watford, Donald William Watford, Sr,, and brother Donald William Watford, Jr

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Joseph Lee Williams and beloved granddaughter, Jessica Megan-Dean Williams; sisters, Danita Knupp(Ray),and Cindy Allison(Chuck), brother, Daniel Lee Watford, nieces, Stephanie Morin(Will), Cathy Mulwee(John), Amanda Cascone(Joe),and Emily Watford and nephew, Kenny Knupp. Great nieces, Danielle Szucs(Kyle), Alexis Fuller(Ben), Autumn Richardson, Brianna Philpot and Bella Watford; great nephews Ashton and Hunter Mulwee, Dayton and Cooper Cascone ;and two special great grand nieces, Emma Jewel and Cecelia Grace Fuller, boyfriend David Dillashaw and beloved dog and companion, Bailey. Uncle Don Jackson(Betty), and Aunts Betty Ellingson, Betty Watford, and Barbara Watford; many many cousins and great cousins, too numerous to mention.

A celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Pensacola Memorial Gardens on Pine Forest Rd. Family visitation will be from 9:00-9:30 a.m.; friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Funeral to follow. There will be a short graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pensacola Lung Association.

  1. Tom Kuklish says:

    A truly wonderful person. She was my supervisor and a great boss to work for. Student focused and always looking to the future in Health Care. She will always be remembered.

  2. Joanne Anderson says:

    After Jewel passed Marcia took the mantle of the Watford family and wore it well, she was definitely her mother’s daughter! She was smart, straightforward yet kind hearted. She knew what was the right thing and stood by it. She has been an amazing sister & friend to Danita assisting her with many responsibilities, but most of all being a constant friend. Her loss will be felt dearly by those most loved by her.

  3. Cindy Carter says:

    Many years if dedication and teamwork helped bring respiratory therapy to a higher level in Pensacola. She was a respected motivator for us all.

  4. Ola Faye Welch Morrison says:

    Marcia was a sweet young lady during her school years. We were seated alphabetically back then, so I sat behind her throughout elementary school and sometimes in middle school. I remember how kind she was and what beautiful thick, wavy hair( after all, I sat behind her for years😊). My maiden name was Welch. Behind me sat Fred Wernicke, then Robbie Woolley. I remember seeing her at our 20 year high school reunion. We had fun talking and laughing and dancing with Fred Wernicke. So many happy memories. I regret that we lost touch with each other. Please know that she was well loved by her peers. I’m praying for her son and granddaughter and other loved ones. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  5. Randall & Janelle Vaughan says:

    Marcia was a kind and caring neighbor and friend. Always willing to help in any situation.

  6. Delila Hancock says:

    So sorry to hear this. Marcia was a much respected part of our Respiratory Therapy community. Joseph, my prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Brandy days says:

    Ms.Marsha was ALWAYS there. Her grand daughter (jessica) an my daughter grew up BEST Friends an I Never had to worry. This woman was the Sweetest Soul I’ve Ever known. She was taken Way To Early and will b missed for A VERY LONG TIME 😔😪. 😇

  8. Cyndi Wilkins says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Marcia. I met her through David at the Pensacola Moose Lodge some years ago. Always a joy to sit with and chat, she had such a lovely personality, a smile that would light up the room. We, members of the Moose Lodge always enjoyed watching Marcia and David dance, perfectly in sync with each other. Prayers for her family and David during this difficult time. RIP Marcia

  9. Debra Schaefer says:

    Marcia was always sweet and kind to myself and my son. She was an amazing lady. She raised a beautiful granddaughter and son. They are on my prayers at this time. Heaven is a better place because she is a part of it.

  10. Courtney R Winstead says:

    I wish I could be at her service. I had the honor of working with her for 10 years while she was the Provost at the Warrington Campus of PSC. She was truly a pleassure to know. So saddened she is gone. She will be remembered by many for a long time.

  11. Ron Howard says:

    I worked at Sacred Heart when Marcia was hired. She was the sweetest person you could know. I loved watching her grow and was impressed with her desire to learn. She was like a sponge, taking in everything. I was not surprised at her educational efforts and am so glad I was there when it started. RIP special lady ❤️

  12. Judith Sasser says:

    Such a wonderful, loving person always with a kind greeting and hugs. She will be missed.

  13. Jessica Williams says:

    I feel as if I should share my point of view as I was the closest person to her. Marcia was not my grandmother, she was my mother. She took me in when I had no one, no questions asked. She loved me like no other, unconditionally. She never once missed a school event or concert, and was ALWAYS there every step of my journey. There’s was NEVER a question she couldn’t answer. I called her at least 3 times a day and asked for her opinion to make sure I was doing the right thing. I am BEYOND blessed to have been able to be raised by such an incredible woman. I never let her go a day without making sure she knew how loved and appreciated she was. I am so thankful for the 20 years I got with her and she will forever live on through me as I am IDENTICAL to her. I WILL make her proud, but I will miss her forever.

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