Visitation

3-5 and 7-9 pm Tuesday

Service

2 pm Wednesday, May 4 at First-St. Andrew's United Church, 350 Queens Ave. at Waterloo St.

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Donations

In lieu of flowers, donations to First St. Andrews Friends of Music or the Canadian Bible Society would be appreciated. Please remit directly to the charity, see addresses below. To notify, complete and send form on this page.

 

50 Years

CARING • HELPFUL • TRUSTED

Elspeth Watson

Death Notice

Watson, Elspeth Mather - died peacefully at home in London, Ontario on April 30, 2011, surrounded by her family and friends, age 82. Beloved and devoted wife of 56 years to William Crawford Watson, now living at Horizon Place Retirement Residence. Beloved mother and mother-in-law to Claire Watson and Rod Cohen, Toronto; Lesley Watson and Evert Lindquist, Victoria, BC; Moray and Joan Watson, Granton, ON; and Hilary Watson and Mike Collins, Vancouver. She is also survived by her dear sister and brother-in-law Jennifer and Philip Powley and sister-in-law Netta Pardoe, all of the UK. Granny Elspeth will be especially missed by her cherished grandchildren, Austin, Fiona, Emma, Sarah, Tabitha, and Evert and her nephews, Mark and Miles and their children. She is predeceased by her nephew, Ian. Elspeth was born in London, UK on January 20, 1929 to Eric and Barbara Morrison. She attended Kings College, London, where she studied French and Spanish and was active in the College Christian Union. After University, Elspeth worked as an Assistant Librarian at Islington Central Library, London, and obtained a diploma in librarianship. In 1947, she participated in a Christian Youth Conference at Hildenborough Hall, Kent, where Billy Graham came to preach. While there, she was enchanted by another young Bill when she heard him playing his violin! An intermittent courtship followed. After Bill's discharge from the British Army Medical Corps in 1953, they married and Elspeth moved north to join her new husband in Glasgow, Scotland. Four children followed in quick succession. After trans-oceanic moves to Washington, DC and Nairobi, Kenya, in support of Bill's medical career, they emigrated permanently to London, Canada in 1969. Elspeth was a committed Christian, confident in her salvation through grace and the promise of eternal life. A joyful and active member of First-St. Andrew's United Church for the last 42 years, she will be remembered for her loving acts and care of others, in particular thousands of hand-written letters of celebration, encouragement and comfort. Elspeth was a gracious host, a fine musician, and a skilled dramatist. She initiated the FSA Players and produced and acted in a number of stage plays in London's amateur dramatic community. Elspeth's family wishes to thank the Palliative Care Team of London Health Sciences Centre, and many staff from Medical Priorities, especially Maria Blandon, who took very special care of Bill and Elspeth over the last three years. Words cannot express our gratitude to our dear friend Barbara Plante for her steadfast love and friendship over many decades. Visitation at James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond, London, on Tuesday, May 3 from 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm. A funeral to celebrate Elspeth's life and commit her to her Heavenly Father will be held at First-St. Andrew's United Church on Wednesday, May 4 at 2 pm. All are welcome. Reception to follow at the Church. Private cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to First St. Andrews Friends of Music www.fsaunited.com or the Canadian Bible Society www.biblesociety.ca would be appreciated.