Marva McDowell Watson

September 20, 1939 - September 13, 2022

Marva McDowell Watson, 82, a resident of Cape Coral, FL for the past 15 months, formerly of Seneca, SC and Upstate, NY, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2022 in Cape Coral. She was born September 20, 1939 in Russellville, AL to John and Marie (Bowers) McDowell, now deceased.

Marva graduated from Chamblee High School in Chamblee, GA in 1958, briefly attended Tift College in Forsyth, GA, spent many years working as a secretary for various companies/entities, including Coca Cola in Atlanta, GA, Reverend Ray Seay at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, a Christian school in Kentucky, the House of the Good Samaritan in Watertown, NY, and lastly St. Regis Paper Company in Deferiet, NY. After St. Regis, she focused her attentions on being a wife, mother, and homemaker, spending countless hours in her gardens, canning her own produce, couponing/refunding, and taking care of the family finances, as well as the finances of her husband, Fred’s business. She spent most of her adult life advocating and caring for her beloved Brenda, a daughter with special needs. She would not give up, even when advised by doctors to admit Brenda to an institution. Brenda proved the doctors wrong, because of Marva’s tireless devotion. She was a devout Christian who attended many churches over the years. She taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and held Bible studies. She was active in Women’s Aglow for many years, and influenced the faith walk of numerous people. She lived her life faithfully and prayerfully and was an inspiration to all who met her. Early in her life, she had a couple of special people who were spiritual mentors to her, whom she regarded as second Moms; they have since gone on to Heaven, but she carried on their legacy and became “Mom” to family friends, neighbors, etc. She fondly referred to these people as her “Angels,” as they helped her when she became homebound, taking her for appointments, mowing her lawn, fixing her computer issues, picking up groceries, etc. If you went to her home, you could count on her asking you to sign her Guest Book and being offered a root beer float. She leaves behind a legacy of faith, kindness, and love, and will be missed dearly by all who knew her.

She is survived by her loving children, Brenda Blankenship of Laurens, SC, and Georgia Trembley (Dan) of Cape Coral; stepchildren, Duane Watson (JoAnn) of Ashland, OH and Vicky Tapp of Perkinston, MS; daughter-in-law, Kelly Watson; sisters, Mary Chreitzberg of Lake Wales, FL, and Martha Gerald of Seneca, SC; seven grandchildren, Mark (Danielle) and Adam Gagnon, Christina Watson Weaver (Samuel), Derek Eggebrecht, James Tapp (Kelly), and Joel (Megan) and Jaime Watson (Megan); as well as ten great grandchildren, Josiah Benjamin, Lewis Watson, and Eden Evangeline Gagnon, Jaxen and JayCee Eggebrecht, Kaden Merritt, Victoria, Valerie, and Brendan Tapp, and Nora Watson.     

Marva was preceded in death by her loving husband, Frederick Watson in 2010 and stepson, Jeffrey Watson in 2016.

A Celebration of Life will be held, at a later date, at Sandifer Funeral Home in Westminster, S.C., as well as N.Y., with interment of ashes at Sanford Corners Cemetery in Calcium, N.Y.  Details to be announced via

Contributions may be made in memory of Marva McDowell Watson to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 670, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or to a Home/School for the Developmentally Challenged.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


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