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.
Rev. Kevin Johnston, Coronach, Saskatchewan
May 2, 2011, 9:28 am
Elspeth was one of the kindest, gentlest, spirit-filled people I have ever known. Her ever-present smile and encouraging presence made a difference in uplifting so many lives. She will indeed be missed.
May 2, 2011, 1:41 pm
Your dear sweet mother will be sorely missed by all who knew her. May your memories be long and your grief & suffering short.
May 2, 2011, 2:56 pm
My dearest Aunt Elspeth,
How I will miss you and your fantastic attitude to all life has to throw at us. You were always there to support me and my nearest and dearest through all the good times and not so good times. Always there with sage advice and support whenever required. With sharing the same birthday you will always be remebered in a special way by me, and my family who never had the pleasure of meeting you. Your family name will be forever remeberedon through your great nephew Morrison and as soon as he is old enough to understand I will tell him all about you. Au revoir Miles, Kate and Morrison.
P.s. Give Moira and Ian a hug from me.
May 2, 2011, 10:39 pm
Hello Claire, Rod, Austin, Fiona and Tabitha
I loved your mum and always found her so kind and hospitable. So good you could be with her in these last months. I hold you all in my heart. Megan
May 3, 2011, 3:53 am
I am so sorry to hear of your Mother's death. Elspeth made me feel so comfortable and welcome on my visits to Canada with your aunt Netta and I was places I never thought I would be. You are all in my thoughts at this sad time. With much love Christine.
May 3, 2011, 12:06 pm
We are very sad to hear of the loss of your Mother. She was such a lovely and giving person in so many ways and will be missed by the many she has touched.
Our hearts go out to your Father Bill and to you, Evert and Emma, Sarah & young Evert; and to Claire, Hilary, Moray and their families.
We are thinking of you all and will cherish Elspeth's memory.
Cathe & Mark
Adam & Tami tolkin
May 3, 2011, 3:17 pm
Claire, were so sorry to hear about your mothers passing. May you and your family find great strenght in your memories of her.
Regards, Tami & Adam
May 3, 2011, 7:26 pm
Joan & Mo
Thinking about you
during this difficult time.
Evert & MaXine Lindquist
May 3, 2011, 10:07 pm
We came to know Elspeth through the marriage of her daughter Lesley with our son Evert. Such a caring, bright, and lively lady she was, with her lovely smile, candor, and spirit. Touching many people in her involvements with church, charities and other activities, she will be much missed, but long and fondly remembered. Yet, through the wonderful mother she was, her life carries on within her lovely daughters and their offspring. Wilth deepest condolences. Evert and MaXine.
granton fire department
May 3, 2011, 10:36 pm
our sympathy to moe and joan and family at this time of sorrow.your fire department friends
May 4, 2011, 9:22 am
Claire: thinking of you and your family today. The tribute to your mother is lovely; what a rich life she lived and a model for us all.
May 15, 2011, 8:00 pm
My very deepest sympathy to Elspeth's family. I enjoyed becoming her friend over 20+ years as an active member of First-St.Andrew's UC. Elspbeth was such a wonderful person in so many ways. She sent me several wonderful notes over the years, which I cherish. I will miss her very much.
I moved from London on April 15th and was unaware of her death, and therefore missed her funeral I'm so sorry. Trudy Valentine
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