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Ernesta Helen Watson

Lebanon, N.H. — Ernesta Helen Watson, 99, passed away in the comfort of her home on Thursday, July 24, 2014. She was born April 13, 1915, to the late Willie Wallace and Annie Maria (French) Wooster. Ernesta grew up in Canaan, N.H. and received her RN degree from the Margaret Pillsbury School of Nursing in 1936. She worked for several medical institutions in Florida and New York, locally she worked at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in White River Junction, Vt., from which she retired as evening supervisor in 1975. Ernesta was a faithful member of the Lebanon United Methodist Church where she served as president of the United Methodist Women, Chair of the Evangelism Committee, and participated in the Friday morning Bible study group. She was also a member of the local Grange.

Ernesta’s greatest love was her family. She cherished her children and grandchildren, who adored her in return. She cared deeply about every family member, including her many nephews, nieces, cousins, and in-laws. She was passionately interested in their lives and has a treasury of stories about each one. Holidays, tea parties, and birthday celebrations were legendary events, attended by family and friends who filled her home. Ernesta also loved and was loved by her church family and many other friends. She loved her life, enjoying music, travel, poetry, current events, and chocolates. Ernesta’s love of life, wit, sense of humor, and spirit will forever be a gift to all who knew her.

Ernesta is survived by her two daughters, Nancy Carr of Lebanon, and Linda Armstrong and her husband George of Lebanon, a son, James Watson and his wife Ann of Leverett, Mass., 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by an infant son, two sisters, Helen Fogg and Ruth Wheeler, and a brother, Wallace Wooster.

Family and friends are welcome to celebrate Ernesta’s life at the Lebanon United Methodist Church on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m.; burial will follow in the Wells Cemetery in Canaan, N.H. An online guestbook is available by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lebanon United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice.