Wanda L. Watson • April 23, 2021

Wanda Louise Watson, born on November 1, 1938 in Abingdon, Virginia to J.R. and Virginia Lilly, passed away at home with her children and grandchildren at her side.
She was a kind, considerate and compassionate person. She worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse in a nursing home until she retired in 2004. Her patients and their family members adored her. She worked hard, and truly cared for the well being of others. One of her favorite pastimes was gardening. It brought her great joy and she was very proud of the things that she grew. She took pride in everything that she did. She always gave 100% of herself in any endeavor and happily went above and beyond to help others when needed. She was patient and calm during difficult situations and was someone that you could always trust and depend on. She was one of a kind!
To say her family meant the world to her would be an understatement. Wanda was proud of her family and believed in each and every one of them. She was a devoted mother to her four children, whom she loved dearly, and took great pride in all of her grandchildren and her great grand child. She loved and treasured every second she spent with them. Everyone loved going to “Nanny’s” house! You could always count on having a great time there, whether you were baking cookies, playing board games, or watching cartoons while eating ice cream cones. Wanda gave her life to Jesus at age 10 and spent her life as a devoted Christian. She was an active member of East Brent Baptist Church and often played the piano during services. While she will be missed dearly by the family and friends she has left behind, she would want them to know that she is exactly where she wants to be, resting peacefully in Heaven.
Wanda was preceded in death by her daughter Denise Gean.
She is survived by three of her children, Dwight Watson, Donna Garber (Tim), and David Watson(Melissa); grandchildren Heather Davis, Jonathan Watson, and Sarah Watson and her great grandchild, Steven Davis. She is also survived by her sisters Reba Stinnett and Sandra Renfro and brother, Charles Lilly.
Services are to be held on Thursday April 29th at Pensacola Memorial Gardens with the viewing beginning at 10am and service beginning at 11.

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  1. Ann Johnson says:

    Thank you so much for having this on the computer so Joe and I can see it in Texas. What a wonderful lady Wanda was. I hate, even though I was her Sunday School teachet for years…I never knew she was a nurse. How sad that there is so much we don’t know about each other.

  2. Pratt & Rosanna Clanton says:

    We loved Wanda and will miss her dearly. She’s in Heaven with her dog Charlie! We miss them both.

  3. Eileen Gerdine Gilbert says:

    I didn’t know Wanda very well, I only met her a couple times with her family David, Melissa, Jonathan and Sarah. I would say she was an awesome, amazing, wonderful lady based on the way David and his family loved her. I can imagine that the love/care helped Wanda during those final days with her family and meant the world to her. Prayers and love for Wanda’s family and friends and that they feel God’s grace and peace.

  4. Sandra Renfro says:

    So thankful to have Wanda in my life for 64 years. She is my sister. During her illness, even when feeling so bad, she would always say “it’ll be okay”. That simple statement expressed her deep faith in the Lord Jesus. She knew she was passing through this life and going home to heaven. She loved her family and always wanted the best for them. Her example of faith and love will forever comfort them.

  5. Reba Lilly Stinnett says:

    My sister and I were very close. She is one year younger than l and we were playmates on the farm as children. She did not complain of her illness but was accepting and so appreciative of her children’s care. They took turns nursing her and were so devoted. I am so proud of them for their care of her. She was a wonderful mother and they responded to that. I will miss my sister but will join her one day!

  6. David Watson says:

    Thank you so much for commenting. Thank you to those who were able to attend. Thank you to brother in Christ Dr. Dale Patterson her long time pastor for officiating and delivering a Christ honoring memorial. Thank you to Dr. Marcus Paul DMD for providing food for the reception after the service. Thank you to Prat and Rosanna for the flowers and visits. Thank you to Delphene and Doug for the gifts and visits. Mom was and is a wonderful person. The most loving, kind, forgiving, humble, person I know. She was my foundation. I will miss her dearly. I miss her hugs. I miss my Mom. I know she accepted Christ as her savior and I know she is in Heaven. David

  7. Micklas153 says:

    This comment is for my dear Aunt Wanda. I was not able to come to your sweet funeral but would have loved to have been with all the family. I know you where there missing us as much as we were missing you. You are a choice daughter of God. You are still my sweet Aunt Wanda who I love to visit as a child. Reed and I will always remember the time we came for dinner. I still remember thinking how I loved the China we ate off. In later years I loved visiting you when I came from Texas to Florida. You were so sweet to let me stay at your home. I loved our talks about the Savior. I loved our talks about our families. We both knew we would be with our loved ones once again. Now your without us but with them. While I will miss you am so happy you are with my mother
    Please give my mom and Holly a hug for me.
    You will be happy to know am working with our youth at church. Tonight I was there at church with them. I know you understand how much Jesus Christ loves all his children. Helping these youth “come into Christ” is something you would love to do. I am only saying good night Aunt Wanda. YOU have my eternal gratitude for blessing my life. Love you so much…Renee Families are Forever!

  8. Renee micklas says:

    I am only saying goodnight not goodbye. Love you forever!

  9. Linda Sheets says:

    I knew Wanda from the Nursing home that we worked at. I knew Her as a kind and loving person that cared deeply about her patients.
    Wanda’s daughter and Son-in-law Donna and Tim Garber are my next door neighbors.

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