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Obituary: Doris Jeanette Watson, North Vernon

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Doris Jeanette Clarkson Watson, 85, of North Vernon, passed away early Friday morning, July 26, 2013, at her home.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral & Cremation Service in North Vernon with Rev. Mark Sorrels officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Tuesday. Interment will be at Vernon Cemetery.

Born August 30, 1927, in Seymour, Doris was the daughter of the late Loyd and Ida Heacock Downs. She married Edwin Clarkson October 4, 1947, in North Vernon. After Edwin’s passing, Doris married James Watson June 26, 2001, in Fostoria, Ohio. He also preceded her in death.

Doris had been employed in the past as treasurer for the Jennings County School Corporation and also as deputy clerk for the Fostoria, Ohio, Municipal Court. She was a member of Hayden Baptist Church and a 50-year member of Hayden Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include two daughters, Gail Ann (Wallace) Pfaffenberger and Janis Elaine (Jerry) Schneider, both of Seymour; a son, James Lee Clarkson of North Vernon; a stepson, Todd (Michelle) Watson of Chardon, Ohio; four grandchildren, Leslie Koomler, Bryan Wilson, Lissa Allman, and Jason Clarkson; seven stepgrandchildren, Jim, Brittany, Joel, Jason, and Kyle Watson, Melissa Hartman, and Ashley Gilts; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Loyd and Ida Downs; husbands, Edwin Clarkson and James Watson; two sisters, Mildred Maxine Downs and Helen Roane; a brother, Lloyd Downs Jr.; and a stepson, Scott Watson.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Hayden Baptist Church or Angelman’s Syndrome Foundation.

We invite family and friends to sign Doris’ online guestbook and light a candle in her remembrance at


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