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Obituary for Margaret Ruth Watson (Rosser)

Margaret Ruth  Watson (Rosser)
Watson, Margaret;

Margaret was born in Windsor, Ontario, daughter of Harley and Gwen (Watkins) Rosser. Her early school years were spent in that city, then she, her sister and her mother moved to Toronto where Margaret completed her high school education. She and her husband, Ronald, moved to Kitchener in 1988, and she passed away quietly at home in the wee hours of September 24th, 2019. She was in her 84th year. She is mourned by Ronald, her husband of 56 years, and their children, Daniel (Jayne), David (Kari), Cameron (Jenny) and Gwen (Stephen McCutcheon). Her four grandchildren, Carmen, Dylan, Meredith and Tommy, will never forget her. She is also fondly remembered by a host of friends and extended family all across Ontario and far beyond.

Margaret was a many-talented woman. A trained musician, she served as church organist on three occasions in Toronto churches. She also brought her musical abilities to the churches she and Ron served. An avid camper, she served in and sometimes directed summer camping programs as a young woman. She taught school briefly but then undertook studies in medical school at the University of Toronto. This was interrupted when she married Ron, and became a compassionate and much-loved pastor’s wife in the churches he served, even on into retirement. During the 1960’s, they adopted four children, and she was a loving and supportive mother to each of them, watching them develop into outstanding adults. Always an avid horse-woman, she owned her own horse in the 1980’s, and competed in local horse shows riding him. An avid student of the Bible, she had a book published on the life of Jeremiah as seen through the eyes of a 20th century teen. Without even trying, she left a deep impression of good in the lives of people in all of these connections.

The 21st century was not good to her, health-wise. She suffered ovarian cancer in 2004, and overcame it. She suffered cellulitis in the summer of 2017 and overcame it. Or, so we thought. In February of this year, cancer was located in her left lung, and in the surgery that followed, it was discovered that some ovarian cancer cells had survived. Then, the day before she died, it was discovered that the cellulitis had re-emerged. Perhaps the words of a doctor long ago, in the case of the little daughter of dear friends, may apply again. He said, “Perhaps God was saying, ‘I heard your prayers, but I want her anyway.’” Now, as Margaret loved to sing, “Now I belong to Jesus, Jesus belongs to me,” she will have an even better understanding of the truth of those words.

Margaret's family will receive relatives and friends from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Memorial Service at Stanley Park Baptist Church, 31 Lorraine Ave., on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 11 a.m. Reception to follow in the church hall. As expressions of sympathy, donations to St Mary's Hospital Foundation or Hospice of Waterloo Region would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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