July 29, 1918 — Oct. 14, 2010
NORTH MANCHESTER — Dorothy L. (Warner) Watson, 92, of North Manchester, died at 4:50 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester.
She was born in Wabash County July 29, 1918 to Jesse and Nona (Mishler) Blickenstaff. She taught at North Webster, South Whitley and retired from Wabash Metropolitan Schools as coordinating librarian and reading specialist.
Dorothy married T. Gene Warner Aug. 29, 1940. He died April 27, 1990. She then married Joe F. Watson April 17, 1994. He died April 15, 2007.
She attended Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester. She graduated from Chester High School, North Manchester; earned a B.S. degree from Manchester College, and an M.S. degree from Saint Francis College. She attended Goshen College, Butler University, IPFW and IU for additional education.
Dorothy helped organize 13 school libraries. She was active in School Librarian organizations, Retired Teachers Association, the Jackson Junior Home Demonstration Club and was a Sunday school teacher.
Following retirement she volunteered at South Whitley Elementary School and did tutoring at Adult Learning Center, Warsaw.
She is survived by sons: Jay (Linda) Warner of North Manchester, Joe (Linda) Warner of South Bend, and Jan (Sue) Warner of Plymouth; a daughter, Joy (Robert) Stiffler of North Manchester; stepdaughters, Janet (Richard) Magsig of Dansville, Mich. and Sally (David) Green of Findlay, Ohio; sisters, Kathryn Metzger of Akron, and Esther Miller of Pierceton; 11 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren.
Visitation will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18 at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester, with Pastor Karen Eberly and Pastor Jamie Stiffler officiating.
Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester.
Memorials may be made to the Wabash County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box #213, Wabash, IN, 46992; Heifer Project International, P.O. Box #8058, Little Rock, AR, 72203 or Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.
Friends and family are invited to honor Dorothy by sharing a meal, memories and stories with the family at both the visitation and after the services.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester.
Condolences may be sent to mckeemortuary.com.