May 18, 1933 - January 11, 2022
Patricia Watson, age 88, of Algona, passed away on Jan. 11, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society in Algona. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish - St. Cecelia in Algona. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was held at 9 a.m. until service time on Tuesday. Services were livestreamed on Divine Mercy Catholic Parish’s YouTube page: https://youtu.be/r_OXUlY6dwM.
Patricia Lou Hanify was born on May 18, 1933. She passed away of natural causes on Jan. 11, 2022, at the age of 88.
She was the daughter of Miles and Helen Hanify of Tama. Patricia grew up in Tama and went on to attend Parson’s College in Fairfield. It was there she met her forever soulmate, Robert E. Watson. Pat earned her teaching certificate and soon became an elementary school teacher.
Patricia and Robert were united in marriage on Dec. 26, 1953. They were married for 67 years and had three children, Robert, Rickard and Tricia. Robert accepted a new position at Read’s Furniture and moved his family to Algona.
Patricia had a single primary passion, teaching. Her early career included “Miss Pat’s Jack n’ Jill” preschool where she taught pre-school children in her home. Pat was hired by the Algona Community School District where her career spanned 33 years. She retired in 1999 and began substitute teaching for another nine years. Patricia traveled every weekend to attend Drake University in Des Moines and earned her bachelor’s degree in education.
Patricia was a devout Catholic and enjoyed teaching CCD classes to young kids for 11 years. Patricia’s life was full of grace and gratitude. She never complained and had an abundant amount of never-ending energy. She loved people and will always be remembered for her true sense of empathy and compassion.
Patricia is survived by her son, Rick Watson of McMinnville, Ore., daughter Tricia Carlson and husband Steve Carlson of Algona; grandson, Brandon Bjustrom and wife Kelli Jo of Mount Ayr; granddaughter Claire Watson of McMinnville, Ore.; and great-grandchildren, Ambraya, Londyn and Cal of Mount Ayr.
Pat is predeceased by her husband, Robert E. Watson and her eldest son, Robert A. Watson
When not working, Patricia enjoyed gardening, flowers, her time spent with family, friends and co-workers. Pat loved to socialize and learn all she could about other people’s lives.
Lentz Funeral Home of Algona is assisting the family. Condolences may be left at www.lentzfuneralhome.com.