Marilyn J. Waterson: 1927 – 2009

Waterson, MarilynMarilyn J. Waterson, 81, a resident of Huntertown and wife of H. Max Waterson, died at 1:30 a. m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Waterson was born on October 6, 1927 in Whitley County, a daughter of Leo D. and Dorothy O. [Hively] Smith.  She spent her formative years on the family farm in Eel River Township, attended the former Center School, and graduated from Huntertown High School in 1946.

On June 29, 1947 she was married in Huntertown to H. Max Waterson.  She was a homemaker, and spent most of her adult life in the Huntertown-area.

She was a member of the Huntertown United Methodist Church, where she served in various capacities over the years; and was a member of the Huntertown Homemakers.  Along with her husband, she volunteered for seven years with Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service.  The couple also volunteered for several years during the summer months at the Oklahoma Indian Mission.

The surviving relatives include her husband Max; her children Vickie Sue [David] Gillett of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Rick [Vicki Kay] Waterson of Albion; a sister Phyllis Meyer of Perham, Minn; three brothers Roger [Karen] Smith of Churubusco, David [Jan] Smith of Uniondale, and Rev. Larry [Roseann] Smith of Churubusco; three grandchildren Matthew D. [Liz] Gillett of Atlanta, Ga., Joshua Gillett of Florida, and Tracy [Kevin] Strater of Albion; two great-grandsons Kaleb Strater and Samuel Strater; and lifelong friends Morris and Leona Bracht of Huntertown.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers Donald Smith and Max Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Monday, October 5, 2009, at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, east of Churubusco.  Pastors Greg Hiatt and Larry Smith will officiate, and interment will follow in the Huntertown Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Sunday from 2 to 6 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service Monday morning.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home,5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana  46804

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5 Responses to “Marilyn J. Waterson: 1927 – 2009”

  1. Bill & Rosemary Berry Says:

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Marilyn Waterson. She was a very friendly person, and it was always a blessing to be near her. She and Max were members of our Smilin’ Sams Camping Club. Also we enjoyed the many winters they spent with us as neighbors at Park Place Estates in Harlingen, Texas. Now she had “graduated” to her eternal reward in Heaven.

  2. Jim and Teresa Butt Says:

    To Max and the family of Marilyn, We would like to extend our deepest sympathy. We enjoyed the many good times we had with Marilyn and her family. We are not able to share these moments with all of you as we are on a trip at this time. Our love and prayers are with you.

    Jim and Teresa Butt

  3. Deloris Parker Says:

    To the Waterson and Smith family,
    It was my pleasure to know Max and Marilyn when we met in Arcadia and then Bradenton at the Huntertown reunions in Florida.
    I was born the same day as Marilyn, only four years later
    My condolences to the whole family
    I will be praying all day on the day of her services.
    May God bless you all at this time
    Deloris Parker

  4. Kyle and Gayle(Green) Marshall Says:

    To Max and Family, We send our deepest sympathy to you. We were out of town and was unable to attend the funeral. Our thoughts are with you during this time. Deepest sympathy, Kyle and Gayle Marshall

  5. Laurie (Spear) Gatton Says:

    Dear Rick,Vicky,Tracy, and Mark:

    I heard about Marilyn over the weekend and wanted to let you know that I’m thinking of and praying for you in your time of loss.

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