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Merced Sun Star
Wednesday, February 10, 1993

Velma Watson, 71
Longtime Merced resident

Velma Bailey Watson, a retired postal clerk, died Monday at her home. She was 71.

Mrs. Watson was born in Deming, N.M., and lived in Merced 52 years. She was a member and past president of American Legion Auxiliary Post 83, and a member of the Eight and Forty, the honor society of the American Legion. Mrs. Watson also was a member and past president of both the Friends of the Library and the National association of Retired Federal Employees.

Mrs. Watson was a member of Merced Garden Club, Regional Arts Council, Genealogical Society, Antique Study Group, save Our Heritage and Goldman Committee. She also was the first PTA president of Margaret Sheehy School.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Atkins of Merced; two sons, Kenneth L. Watson of Merced and Richard Watson of Wyoming; two sisters, Verda Mae Winkle of Brookings, Ore., and Geneva Batemon of Las Vegas; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Chapel.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel with Chaplain Steve Gossett presiding. A reception at 2 p.m. Friday at the Pine Cone Restaurant in Merced, will follow the services. Burial in Evergreen Memorial Park will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Merced County Library for books, or to the American Cancer Society, Merced-Mariposa Counties Unit, P.O. Box 801, Merced 95341, or to Hospice of Merced and Mariposa Counties.