Ocala, FL, Fort Fairfield
- Mona M. Watson, 86, wife of Donald "Jack" Watson, passed away Tuesday evening, February 6, 2018, at an Ocala, FL, hospice facility. She was born on June 16, 1931, in Fort Fairfield, the daughter of Asa T. and Margaret L. (Dorsey) Gallupe. She was a graduate of the Fort Fairfield High School, Class of 1949.
She furthered her education at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, receiving a Bachelors of Education Degree in 1974 and also received her Masters Degree from the University of Maine at Orono in 1980. Mona was employed as an educator with the Fort Fairfield School Department for eighteen years, retiring in 1991.
She was married to Donald "Jack" Watson on September 6, 1949, and was a communicant of the Parish of the Precious Blood, St. Denis Catholic Church, Fort Fairfield, as well as St. Jude's Catholic Church, Ocala, FL. She had most recently been attending the United Parish Church, Fort Fairfield. Mona was a member and past Regent of the Daughters of Isabella, Santa Maria Circle No. 427, Fort Fairfield, past president of the Marion Oakes Women's Club, and the Philomethian Club. She was a member at large of the Preceptor Gama and Beta Sigma Phi Sororities, and also was a member of the National Teacher's Association as well as the Maine Retired Teacher's Association. Mona was an avid bridge player and a member of the American Contract Bridge League and achieved Life Master in 2002.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Watson was predeceased by one son, John Watson; one brother, Tom Gallupe; and one sister, Mary Bishop. She is survived by her husband of sixty-eight years, Jack Watson of Fort Fairfield and Ocala, FL; two sons, Michael A. Watson of Ocala, FL, and Donald P. Watson and his wife, Christine, of Clermont, FL; one daughter, Mary Margaret Watson of Fort Fairfield; one brother, Gary W. Gallupe of Sarasota, FL; one sister, Carol Clair and her husband, Jerome, of California; four grandchildren, Sarah Watson of Avon, CT, Maggie Watson of Juno, Alaska, Chief Petty Officer Danny Howard of Norfolk, VA, Lori Shee of Jacksonville, FL; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be conducted at the United Parish Church, Fort Fairfield, followed by interment at Riverside Cemetery during the summer of 2018 at a date and time to be announced. Those who wish may contribute in memory of Mona to the Fort Fairfield Alumni Association, P.O. Box 201, Fort Fairfield, Maine 04742. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main Street, Fort Fairfield. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gibersondorseyfuneralhome.com
Published on  February 8, 2018