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Contributed by Patricia Watson Dyson

December 16, 1948

    Mrs. Mary Almedia Watson. 91, a Resident of Jackson Township Most of Life, Passes Away at Home of Son.
     Final rites for one of DeKalb county’s oldest residents, Mrs. Mary Almedia Watson, 91, of Jackson township, will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Rehobeth Methodist church.
     Officiating at Sunday’s rites will be the Rev. Harley Davis of Ft. Wayne, assisted by the Rev. John Hand, pastor of the Rehobeth church.  Burial will be in Cedar Chapel cemetery.
     Mrs. Watson, a resident for most of her life in the Rehobeth community in Jackson township, died at 2 p.m. Thursday at the home of her son, Floyd Watson, who resides seven miles southeast of Auburn.  Her death was attributed to senility and the complications of old age.
     She was born Sept 11, 1857.  Her husband, Jesse Watson, deceased Jackson Township farmer, died July 14, 1936.  surviving, besides the son, are four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a sister who resides at Kendallville.
     Mrs. Watson was a member and active worker in the Rehobeth church.  She was also a member of the Women’s Society of Christian Service of the church.
     The remains, which were taken to the Walter funeral home in Spencerville for burial preparations, will be returned Saturday morning to the home of the son.  The body will remain at the home until noon Sunday at which time it will be taken to the church to lie in state until the hour of services.