Phyllis Darlene Watson passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Born in Essex, Iowa, Phyllis was 87 when she died. She graduated from Shenandoah High School and moved to California in 1946. After working for Lockheed in Burbank, she moved to the San Fernando Valley to raise a family. She spent the past six years at Harbor Terrace Retirement Community where she enjoyed a wonderful environment of activities and support. She loved the color pink, working puzzles and people. Her laughter and smile will be missed by many. Phyllis is survived by her son and daughter in law, Jim and Lynn Watson of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; son, William Watson of Seattle, WA; and her sister, Rita Kay Sokoloff of Hollywood, FL. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lillie and Paul Haley; her brother, Donald Haley; and her husband, William Watson, a World War II Veteran. Burial will take place at Crestview Memorial Gardens in Adamsville, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Veterans Foundation at

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  1. Jim, You were the best son any mother could have and Lynn was your co-partner in taking care of your Mom through the years. God bless you and now you have her in a place where you don’t have to worry anymore. We love you, Judy and Sonny

  2. Jim, I wanted you to know that I was sorry to hear about your Mom and I am thinking of you. All our love, Thad and Kim

  3. Dear Jim, You are our oldest and dearest friend and know what you Are going through. The dedication of you and Lynn to Phyllis’ health and welfare was extraordinary

  4. Phyllis’s older son, Jim, was my best friend during junior and senior high school. She was a dedicated mother and always kind and good-humored, and a straight shooter. I remember that we were not allowed to disturb her during the Dean Martin show, which she would watch with a highball in her hand. A truly great lady. May she rest in peace.

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