We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Mountain Memorial Funeral Home
Ellene Lucille Watson, 92, passed away at UC Health Pikes Peak Regional Hospital in Woodland Park, Colorado on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. She was a longtime resident of Woodland Park.
Ellene was born January 29, 1929 in Harvey, Illinois to Hugo and Minnie Lindstrom. She married Howard Hubert Watson in Aurora, Illinois June 20, 1947. They moved from Illinois to Woodland Park in 1987. A devoted wife and mother, Ellene also had a deep love for her LORD—Jesus Christ and was known for her hospitality. Drop in visits were always welcomed. Gardening, traveling, Jeeping, camping, and spending time with family and friends were her favorite pastimes. Although spending time with her LORD was her delight in life.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Daughter-in-law Sharon Watson of Russellville, AR; Daughter Carol (Butch) Smerkonich of Hartsel, CO; Son Gary (Debra) Watson of Woodland Park, CO; Dale’s children John (Jennifer) Watson, Jean (Derek) Taylor; Carol’s children Heidi (Joshua) Kessler, Chuck (Caron) Smerkonich, Eric (Hannah) Smerkonich; Gary’s children Shawn (Sarah) Watson, Keli (Kris) Severance, Philip (Carrie) Watson, and Jackie (Austin) Clare; Dale’s grandchildren Nickole (Robert) Gateley, Jessika, Ashlee and Nathan Watson; Mandy and Kyle Keeling; Allen and Ethen Taylor; Carol’s grandchildren James and Hannah Kessler; Faith, Brad and Bryan Smerkonich; Noah, Keziah, Lydia, Simeon and Elisheva Smerkonich; Gary’s grandchildren Joshua, Daniel, David, Caleb and Noah Watson; Sophia, Josiah and Elijah Watson; Ashtin, Mariah and Titus Clare; and Dale’s great-grandchildren, Abriana Watson, Linzey Martin, and Kolton Gilliland.
Ellene was preceded in death by her Father Hugo W. Lindstrom on December 16, 1963; Mother Minnie O. Lindstrom on October 9, 1994; Husband “Hube” Watson on April 23, 1997; Brother Donald H. Lindstrom on October 23, 2009; Jean Taylor’s son Derrick Watson on September 25, 2012; Son Dale Watson on March 23, 2018; Mandy’s daughter Paiyton Keeling on August 16, 2018.
Visitation will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Mountain Memorial Funeral Home, 51 County Road 5, Divide, CO. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 am, officiated by Pastor Randy McKinley.
A Special thank you goes to Neva Watson, Ida Van Beek, and Terry Smith for being faithful and treasured friends to Ellene.
More gratitude than you can imagine from the rest of the family to Gary and Deb for providing a way for Grandma to stay in her own home. You took care of her needs in a way that none of the rest of us could.
One of Ellene’s favorite verses to quote was Philippians 2:10-11 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”