Obituary for Joanne Virginia Donohue Watson

Joanne Virginia Donohue Watson age 85 passed away peacefully on Friday February 17, 2012 at Stonehenge Assisted Living in Blairsville GA.  Joanne resided in Blairsville, GA for the past five years.  Born in Petaluma, California on November 26, 1926 the daughter of the late Emmett Ignatius Donohue and Doris Rockwell.  She was proceed in death by her husband John Rollin Watson, Jr. (1995) and her son John Rollin Watson III (1999) and her brother James Lockwood Donohue.  She was a recent member of the First Baptist Church of Blairsville, GA.   While in Georgia she was active in Faith Sunday School Class, and the Beacon Mission Team.  Joanne had a heart for missions.

Before coming to Blairsville, GA Joanne lived 47 years in Northern Virginia. While living in Great Falls she was an active member of txhe Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA where she served as an elder; a deacon; chair of the mission committee, where she oversaw the relocation and settlement of a refugee family with five children from Laos; worked in the Clothing Closet; active in Christmas in April (was one of the best painters on the team); made communion bread; a storyteller; and acted in many church and local plays.  While in Herndon, VA she was a member of the Herndon United Methodist Church.

Before coming to Northern Virginia Joanne traveled the four corners of the world with her husband. Living in Alaska (before it was a state), Cambodia (before the wars), and Costa Rica. She was raised in California living in many cities (sixteen- but whose counting) up and down the west coast, some including San Francisco, Carmel, San Diego, Monterey and Pasadena.  Her love for the ocean and beach were known by all, she was an avid traveler, and ‘never met a stranger’.

Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law Janice and Charles Coon of Bluemont, Virginia; daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Mike Baldwin of Blairsville, Georgia; and son and daughter-in-law William and Virginia Watson of Little Washington, Virginia; grandchildren Jason Watson and wife Jessica (New York, NY); Captain Christopher Baldwin (US Army) and wife Erika; Sarah Steel (Herndon, VA); Timothy Baldwin and Jennifer Peterson (Palm Beach Gardens, FL); Kelly Steel and fiancé Henry Brooks (Sterling, VA); and two great grandsons Marcello and Javier Watson. Survived also by her brothers Emmett Donohue (Dolores, CO) and, F. Martin Donohue (Melbourne, Florida) and by numerous much-loved nieces and nephews around the world.

Services in Georgia were held at First Baptist Church of Blairsville, Rock Chapel,  290 Blue Ridge Street in Blairsville, GA on Thursday February 23, 2012 at 2pm lead by Dr. Fred Lodge.

Services in Northern Virginia will be on Saturday March 3, 2012 on 3pm at the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, 1724 Chainbridge Road, McLean, Virginia 22101 lead Rev. Justin White and Rev. Deborah McKinley. Interment and reception to follow the service.

Joanne was a loving servant of the Lord, and very hands on.  She was a ‘do-er’.

Many have asked what they could ‘do’.

In her memory if you wish to donate funds or time at your local shelter or food bank or a mission project or a donations may be made:

In Georgia :  to the Beacon Mission Team at the First Baptist Church of Blairsville, P.O. Box 2054, Blairsville, Georgia 30514.

In Northern Virginia: Lewinsville Foundation 1724 Chainbridge Road, Mclean VA 22101

In Herndon:  Herndon United Methodist Church, VIM (Volunteer in Mission) scholarship, 701 Bennett Street, Herndon, VA 20170.