Lily C. Watson

Lily C. Watson

Mrs. Lily Watson, age 96, of Bryan, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, May 19, 2019. Funeral service will be held Thursday, May 23, at 11a.m., at College Station City Cemetery. (2530 Texas Ave South, College Station, Texas). A visitation will be held at Callaway Jones Funeral Home in College Station Wednesday, May 22, from 3-5 p.m.. (3001 South College Ave, Bryan, Texas).

She was born December 4, 1922 in Brazos County, daughter of the late James Cooper Carll and Edna Todd Carll. Lily worked at Texas A&M University, and later as the President of First Federal Savings and Loan, where she retired in 1991.

Lily was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Joseph Watson and brother, James Carll of College Station.

Lily will be forever remembered by her family, and is survived by son, L.J. Watson of Friendswood, Texas; grandchildren, Jennifer Watson of Los Angeles, California; Megan (Watson) Van Dusen and husband Darin of Garden Ridge, Texas; grandson Steven Watson and wife Amber of New Braunfels, Texas; Donovan Watson of Friendswood, Texas; nine great grand-children and beloved nephew, Edwin Carll of College Station. She also leaves many other family members and friends who will sadly miss her.

Memorial donations in memory of Lily may be made to Habitat for Humanity at or by mail at Habitat for Humanity International, 322 West Lamar Street, Americus, Georgia 31709-3543 USA.

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  1. I’m very sorry to read the passing of your beloved Lily. Please accept my sincere condolences. I have personally felt comforted by the promise made by God of bringing back to life those who sleep in death (1 Thes. 4:14). So be assured that you’ll be able to hug, kiss and talk to Lily again. She will come back into a world free of suffering, sickness and anything that causes us to shed tears of pain (Rev. 21:4). This hope is both sure and firm because Jehova God cannot lie (Heb. 6:18; Titus 1:2). Is my sincere desire that you can also find comfort in this words during this difficult time for you.

  2. Lily was such a dear sweet lady and will be missed by many. I am thankful to have known her and to visit with her at the Todd family reunions. Family is so important and especially during these times, my sincere condolences.

    We will see you again our beautiful Lily.
    Love Tommy & Dee Todd
    Cedar Hill, Tx

  3. Lily was such a fine lady and good friend. She and my mother worked together at A&M and were great friends. Prayers to the family on her passing.
    Penny Sue (Menefee) Thomas

  4. LJ, So sorry to read about Lily. She was ever so present in our lives for 30 years, while raising kids. Her friendship with Helen and L.E. was so special. She was very kind to me and was such a gentle soul. I would have never guessed she was 96 as she always carried herself with such grace and elegance. I buried my mom this past Dec 13th at age 84. It was the best worst day of my life, so my heart understands your pain, yet I know you must rejoice for her. I feel sure she and Helen are having a “tottie” right now.
    Janet (Winder) Lewallen

  5. Our family lived across the street from dear Lily for 70 years. She was a role model for me as she was the first female I knew who had such an amazing career. She always wanted to know how my career was going and could offer great advice when I asked for it. In 1975 when my father was hospitalized and I stayed by his bedside, she made a steak dinner for me and brought it to the hospital. That was typical of her kind, compassionate soul. I’ve always remembered that act of kindness and have copied it whenever I could. I was able to visit with her the night before she moved to Houston. In her typical way, instead of talking about herself, she wanted to know about me and what my future plans were. She will be dearly missed but never forgotten!

  6. Lily was my supervisor when I worked at First Federal 1987-1989. She was a lady of grace and explained everything about banking so well. All the customers knew her and wanted to speak with her. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing.

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