Helen Watson November 30, 1918 ~ January 13, 2014

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Helen Guinn Watson, 95 of Fayetteville, went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on January 13, 2014.  She was born November 30, 1918 in Winslow, Arkansas to John Guinn and Grace Lehn Guinn.

Helen was a godly woman who loved serving in her church, spending time with her family, and helping others.  She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Fayetteville.  She was a charter member of Goshen Church of the Nazarene where she taught adult Sunday School for over 43 years.  Helen was most happy when she was preparing a large meal with all her family gathered together.  Helen was always the first to provide food and support to family and friends who needed it.  She loved to cook and was famous for her pies.  Some of her recipes appeared in Southern Living magazine.  On April 18, 1937, she married the love of her life, Ottis Watson.  They spent over 61 happy years together.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Howard Guinn; sisters Violet Bernice Guinn, Joye Cooper, and Gladys Harp; a son, Jerry Watson; a grandson, Derek Watson; and a great-grandson, Gabriel Watson.

Helen is survived by son Jim Watson and his wife Sherry; son Danny Watson; and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Watson – all of Fayetteville.  Helen is also survived by two brothers, Omer Guinn and CL Guinn, both of Goshen; and a sister, Thelma Culwell of Fayetteville.  She is also survived by her grandchildren Cindy Carr, Doug Watson, Jay Watson, Kyle Watson, Ryan Watson, and Braden Watson – all of Fayetteville.  She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Jordan Carr, Cora Watson, Macy Watson, Lily Watson, Jacob Watson, Connor Watson, Benjamin Watson, and Danielle Watson – all of Fayetteville, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would like to thank Stephanie Napier of NAPS and all the caregivers who provided such compassionate care to Helen in her final days.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Beard’s Funeral Home in Fayetteville.  A celebration of Helen’s life will be held Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 10:00 AM at First Church of the Nazarene in Fayetteville with Pastors Larry Woodward, Larry Ryan, and Lindell Watson officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville.

Memorial donations may be made to First Church of the Nazarene, 2857 Old Missouri Rd., Fayetteville, AR 72703; or to Washington Regional Hospice, 325 East Longview St.,
Fayetteville, AR  72703; or to The Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800 (www.gideons.org).  To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.

In Helen’s own words, “I have enjoyed an unwavering faith in God and tried to demonstrate that faith to all those who knew and loved me.  I have devoted myself to my family and to serving in any way to encourage others.”

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    Brian Garner » 13. Jan, 2014

    Dear Watson Family,
    I’m am saddened by the loss of Helen. She was such an awesome lady who I greatly respected and admired. A true woman who led and supported her family in every way imaginable.

    Name » 14. Jan, 2014

    Jim and all the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Thelma and Vernon

    Jean Hailey & family » 14. Jan, 2014

    Our family is so saddened by the loss of Helen. She was truly a wonderful, caring person.
    Jim and Danny and families you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our love goes out to you all.

    Jean Hailey & family » 14. Jan, 2014

    We are truly saddened by the loss of Helen. She was a wonderful and caring person.
    To Jim and Danny, and families, you are in our thoughts and prayers daily.

    Nina R Langham » 14. Jan, 2014

    We have many fond memories of times we shared with Helen, from our childhood through adulthood. She will be greatly missed.

    Nina R Langham
    Jeanie Bell
    Debi McDonald

    Tom Fincher » 15. Jan, 2014

    Jim, Danny, and family,

    Condolences to each of you in the passing of Ms Helen. She was a true and inspiring example to all who knew her. Always a great host, I will miss her. Prayers

    Cameron Hill & Family » 15. Jan, 2014

    Watson Family,
    Very sorry to hear of the loss Helen. She will be missed. I will never forget how delicious her strawberry shortcake was. Whenever I went to Braden’s house throughout the years and saw that bag of shortcake strips on the counter, I HAD to have some. You all have been like a second family to me, and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sandy Lasey » 15. Jan, 2014

    Watson Family,

    May our loving Lord give each of you peace while you mourn and yet celebrate Mrs. Watson’s life on earth as she is celebrating in heaven. Our prayers will be with you as you begin this new journey without your mom.

    Jack and Sandy Lasey

    Jodi Felkins » 15. Jan, 2014

    So sorry for your loss. I know you will cherish many happy memories.
    I have fond memories of riding the go cart at the house up on the hill
    (a long time ago!)

    Eddie McNeal » 15. Jan, 2014

    I thought very highly of Mrs. Watson. Knowing her and doing business with her were both a pleasure. My sincere condolences to family and friends. Eddie McNeal

    Tony & Toni Brown » 15. Jan, 2014

    It was a privilege to know and be around Helen. I will never forget the love she showed for her family and friends. She was a wonderful woman of God and a great Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Great Great Grandmother, Sister and friend to many. Jim, Danny, Liz and family you are in our thoughts and prayers. Heaven gained an Angel.

    sandy walker » 15. Jan, 2014

    Dear watson family
    I wanted you to know my thoughts, prayers, and heart is with each one of you. Helen was a blessing in my life. I loved being with her. there will be a emptiness. She was such a lady and so family oriented what a blessing to all of you. Words cannot express how much she touched my life. I pray God will strengthen each one of you all and help you thru this time. it was a pleasure to get to know each and every one of you. May God bless and keep each one of you Sandywalker

    Lanny and Sharon (Langham) Samuels » 15. Jan, 2014

    Helen will be missed by so many, she was a wonderful woman. So many great memories of her and Ottis. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.

    Lorna Wilson » 15. Jan, 2014

    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Helen. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed greatly by all that knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with the Watson family.


    Pattie Shinn » 15. Jan, 2014

    Beverly, Thelma, and Families,

    I am so sorry for your loss and am thinking of you.

    Cynthia Meadows » 16. Jan, 2014

    Helen was an exceptional woman who befriended me and my mother, Gloria Bryant. She was always there with a smile and a hug. I hope that the family will be comforted by the years of wonderful memories that they have and the knowledge that she was a woman of tremendous faith.

    Margaret Smith » 16. Jan, 2014

    We’ll miss Helen and her sweet smile here at The Gardens at Arkanshire. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Freddy Hollingsworth » 17. Jan, 2014

    Ottis gave me my first job, as he knew me since I was a baby, from shopping in the store with my parents.

    I got to know Mrs. Watson by carrying her groceries out at times, but she typically just pushed her own groceries most of the time and she always brought her empty buggie back in the store, but I had no idea who she was at first. She was so kind and would actually listen to the fast talking kid who talked too much. She always smiled and listened about any concerns that I had about the store, or anything else. I told her once that the back room needed a new pallet jack, as I was exhausted from pulling heavy pallets around with the old jack with bad wheel bearings. She told me that she’d see about it. I ask her not to say anything about this to the store, as I didn’t want anyone in the store to know. I didn’t want to be known for not being happy about my employer’s equipment , especially on my first week. She just smiled and thanked me for loading her groceries.

    About a week later we had a brand new pallet jack in the back room and I was so happy. That day she came in the store and saw me on my lunch in the deli’s dining area at a table. I was the only person in the dining area and I saw her walking right towards me smiling ear to ear. She ask me if I liked the new “freight pusher” and I told her yes. I ask her how did she know, and she just smiled and said nothing. Then a split second later she looked down at the table and ask me if I had ate already and I told her I wasn’t hungry. She just shook her head and told me to wait right their and she’d be right back. She briskly walked over to the deli counter and said something to one of the girls, then she quickly walked back over to me and ordered me to go to the counter and get what ever I wanted, she said, “a growing hard working boy like you has to eat something”. Without hesitation I stood up and walked to the counter and she was gone. The deli employee could tell I clearly didn’t know who the “nice lady” was. She told me that the “nice lady” was Ottis Watson’s wife and I was totally shocked to think that the very lady who basically owened the whole store would be so kind and nice to someone that she didn’t even “know” and treat me like family. I got a chicken diner with white gravy and two hot rolls with extra butter and that was just what i would have bought if i had the money. That was probably the best chicken diner I had ate in my whole life and even to this day.

    Mrs. Watson was such a caring and sweet person. I hate to read of her passing, but we all know where she is at now and Heaven shines just a bit brighter with her up their now.

    Occasionally I will drive through the parking lot of the old store and I can still remember all those good times, as if they were yesterday. I can still smell the chicken cooking in the deli and see Ottis walking out to his big old cream and wood paneled Mercury Station wagon with all those rubber bands around the turn signal stalk.

    Mr. and Mrs. Watson are the last of the most amazing generation in America. They knew what it meant to build something from nothing and they knew what hard work was and they understood how to treat people with dignity and respect. They knew the value of a good education, as Mrs. Watson would later encourage me to get into college, of which I did, as she got to know me more. They understood a strong faith in God and what, and how, that faith really translated into every day life and business, just like the way she feed me when I was hungry and on and on. I later learned of other examples where Ottis would buy medicine for employees and he even helped one guy get his truck repair paid, so that he’d have a way to work and provide for his young wife and three babies.

    I will always remember Mrs. Watson’s unwavering kindness and her smile. She will be missed. I wish we could go back to the good old days at the store when things were much better than this mess we are in today. Thank you Mrs. Watson for being the caring and Godly lady that you were and I have since bought many dinners for hungry coworkers and each time I specifically thought of you and could see you just like it was yesterday.

    Ruth Baker » 17. Jan, 2014

    I send my thoughts and prayers to your family during this time of sorrow and loss. Helen was a wonderful example of a Proverbs 31 woman. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.

    Patsy Langham » 19. Jan, 2014

    To the whole Watson and Guinn Family:
    I am saddened to hear about Helen’s passing. I have many fond memories since I was a child.
    Patsy Langham