Wattson, Mary

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A celebration of  Mary Jane’s life will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 2-6 PM at the Cochran Roberts VFW Hall in Indian River, MI.

Mrs. Mary Wattson (Parlett) died April 18, 2017 in Petoskey, Michigan. She was a resident of Indian River, MI for 35 years and previously resided in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Denver and Englewood, FL. She was born in Detroit on March 15, 1930 and graduated from Denby High School in Detroit in 1948. She married Charles Wattson at St. Mary’s Church in Gaylord, MI on October 29, 1949 and was married for nearly 61 years until the time of his death on October 12, 2010.

Mary was a fantastic cook and loved to entertain. One of her favorites was cooking and eating the catch-of-day caught by her father, husband or sons. Family came from across the U.S. for her famous wild blueberry pancakes and many other delicious offerings. She loved the water and especially enjoyed her home on the Indian River where friends and family often gathered.


Throughout her life, Mary was an avid tennis player, crafter, sewer and gardener. Her gardens were a visible and edible showcase. She also loved games and puzzles and could solve almost any crossword and answer most Jeopardy questions.

Mary is survived by her six children: James (Chrystal) of CA, Cheryl (Joseph) Wallace of AZ, Marilyn (Kerry) King of MI, Russell of MI, Thomas of MI and Timothy of MI; eight grandchildren: Abby, Amie, Cory, Erin, Jarrett, Jeff, Joseph, and Krista; brother-in-law, James (Beverly) Wattson of FL; sisters-in-law, Florence Wattson of CA and Patricia (Chuck) Nelson of MI. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her husband Charles, parents Russell and Isabelle Parlett, and siblings Russell, Donald and Rosemary (Head).

Mary was a lover of dogs and almost always had a four-legged companion with her. It is requested that any donations in her memory be made to the Cheboygan County Humane Society via Nelson Funeral Home – Gaylord Michigan.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home.  

6 comments on “Wattson, Mary”

  1. My wife Natalie and I made a habit of stopping by and visiting Aunt Mary Jane every two years while we RV’d in Michigan. We would get a camp spot at Burt Lake State Park so we were very near her cottage on the river.

    As a child growing up I have fond memories of her and family at The Pines on Otsego Lake. She was also my Godmother and will be missed by all that knew and lover her. She is home with Uncle Chuck and other family members who went before her.

  2. Barbara Kent (Parlett)

    First and foremost I send my condolences to my cousin’s, children of Aunt Mary Jane. So saddened by the loss of your Mother, my beloved Aunt. She surely will be missed. I have many fond memories of Aunt Mary Jane and Uncle Chuck. Summers at Grandma and Grandpa’s, on Otsego Lake, us cousins having so much fun. I absolutely treasured the times being up north at the cottages with all the family around.
    Love Barb

  3. Our hearts are with your family and friends. Aunt Mary, you were a lovely great-aunt and surrogate grandmother, and I am forever grateful for the endless wisdom you shared and the sense of family you helped instill. I am glad Jesse got to meet you so he could appreciate part of the foundation of this beautiful family tree. Sending our love heavenward. Rest well. Love, Megan and Jesse

  4. What a wonderful woman, we were luck to have her in our lives. The time spent in Indian River will forever be in our hearts!

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