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DeKalb County Indiana Obituary

Vera Watson
Contributed by Patricia Watson Dyson

18-1-1911 ---1-2-2004

Vera Watson, 93, a resident at The Oaks Center in Columbia City, died at 7:25 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004 at The Oaks.

Born on Jan. 18, 1911, in Bluffton, she was a daughter of Virgie and Jennie (Christman) Bender. She descends from pioneer families of Wells County. John and Barbara (Mast) Bender came to Wells County about 1855 from Berks county, Pa. Benders continued to stay in Wells county. Vera's grandfather, Jonathan Bender, had a dairy and milk delivery in Bluffton. The Frederick Christman family owned a bakery in Bluffton about 1865, and grandfather, George Christman was a well-known farmer west of Bluffton.

Her marriage to Elroy Watson took place on Dec. 8, 1934 in Liberty Center. They were farmers and always lived in Wells county until 1995 after the death of Elroy, she went to live wit a daughter, Patricia, in Albion.

A member of Liberty Center baptist Church, she worked as a cook at Southern Wells Community Schools between 1960's and 1975. She was active in the Farm Bureau in Jefferson, Liberty and Chester townships.

Survivors include the daughter, Patricia (Robert Dyson of albion, five grandchildren: 6 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren and a sister, Marjorie Souder, formally of DeKalb Co., now with her son in Gurley,, Alab.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Verl C. Bender and a siter, Mary Alice Stout.

A private family service will be conducted Thursday, with Pastor Bud Abrams of First Baptist Church of Bluffton, officiating. Burial is at Fairview Cemetery, Bluffton.

Memorials may be made to the Diabetic Association or the Wells-Blackford County Genealogy Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home in Bluffton.

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