homepage logo


By Staff | Aug 13, 2012

Patricia A. Boyd Watson

Mrs. Watson was born Nov. 8, 1934, in Kearneysville, daughter of Fannie C. and Holmes Ercel Boyd. She was educated in public schools in Jefferson County, and graduated from Shepherdstown High School in the Class of 1952. She graduated from Shepherd College in 1958, with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education.

She and Raleigh H. Watson Jr. were married in Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church on Dec. 22, 1957.

Mrs. Watson taught in elementary schools in Atlanta, Ga., while her husband was attending dental school. The Watsons moved to Berryville in 1961, where Dr. Watson established a dental practice, and where their children, Ann and Elizabeth, were born.

Mrs. Watson is survived by her husband and two daughters, Ann Watson Phillips and her husband, Richard A. Phillips, of Berryville; Elizabeth Watson Martin and her husband, Bryan A. Martin, of Winchester; and four grandsons: Nicholas James Phillips, Andrew Watson Phillips, Raleigh Allen Martin and Samuel Stuart Martin. Also surviving are two sisters, Nancy Boyd Leidenfrost (Mrs. Charles B.) of Bethesda, Md., and Margie Boyd Adams, of Kearneysville. Mrs. Watson was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Holmes Ercel Boyd Jr.

Patricia was dear to her family, her church and to all who knew her. Her love for the Lord was contagious; her encouragement and support for her husband, her family and especially her grandsons, was unbounded. Her devotion to friends, and all that is right and true, was extraordinary. She was joyful in the Lord!

Mrs. Watson was very active in her church where her husband serves as rector, St. Michael the Archangel Anglican Church, and in numerous organizations: Pack Horse Ford Chapter of the West Virginia Society, Daughters of the American Revolution; Shepherdstown Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy; and Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority.

She had been an original volunteer with Concern Hotline, a member of the Alumni Board at Shepherd University, a founding member of the Battletown Garden Club, a member of the Winchester Medical Center Auxiliary, a member of the Friends of Handley Library, a member of the board of directors of the Clarke County Historical Association and a docent at the Burwell-Morgan Mill.

A Requiem Mass was celebrated at Saint Michael the Archangel Anglican Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, with the Rt. Rev. Paul C. Hewett, Bishop of the Diocese of the Holy Cross, officiating. Interment followed at 1:30 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Shepherdstown.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be addressed to: St. Michael the Archangel Anglican Church, P.O. Box 3879, Winchester, VA 22604; New Eve Ministries, 3042 Valley Ave., Suite 110, Winchester, VA 22601; or Abba Care Inc., 200 Weems Lane, Winchester, VA 22601.