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Gabrielle Marie Jean Gustin  Watson

Obituary for Gabrielle Marie Jean Gustin Watson

June 3, 1928 - February 10, 2020
Owensboro, Kentucky | Age 91


Gabrielle Marie Jean Gustin Watson, our Gaby, passed away peacefully while taking a nap Monday, February 10, 2020 at Hillcrest Signature Skilled Nursing Facility. She was 91. Gaby was truly a member of the greatest generation. A war bride from World War II, she was born in a small Flemish village outside of Brussels, Belgium. Gaby lived a life based upon her personal admonition that "You just keep going." She just kept going when Belgium was occupied by Germany. She just kept going when her father was captured as a prisoner of war, his return uncertain. She just kept going through her immigration to the United States and achieving citizenship. She just kept going, raising children, and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She worked until she was 85 years old and never asked for anything. She just kept going.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harold Watson; parents, Leon and Anastasie Gustin and grandson Christopher Berry.

Those who remain to honor her life and her spirit include her children Thomas Hart Watson and his wife Barbara, Cathy Ringham and her husband Tony, all of Owensboro, Ruth Ann Berry and her husband Don of Coraopolis, PA, and Carl Watson and his wife Nancy of Clarksville, GA; her grandchildren David Anthony Phelps and his wife Trisha, Jeffery Scott Phelps and his wife Krystal, and Dr. Thomas H. Watson and his wife Kiley, Tracy Watson Barr and her husband Johnathan Tucker Barr, Nick Ringham and his wife Samantha, Julie Ringham (Amar Pandit), Leigh Berry and Jennifer Berry Bross; and her great-grandchildren Easton Hart Phelps, Kailyn McKenzie Phelps, Kinsley Shea Phelps, Kloee Kathleen Phelps, Shelby Allyn Phelps, Allie Elizabeth Phelps, Gage Christopher Phelps, Grace Arden Watson, Emily Shepherd Watson, Benjamin W. Barr, Elizabeth M. Barr, Abigail L. Barr, Avery Ringham, Brooklyn Benoit, and Hannah Bross.

The service for Gabrielle Marie Jean Gustin Watson, officiated by her son Thomas Hart Watson, will be 2:00 p.m. Friday at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, where visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. Friday. A private burial will be in Owensboro Memorial Gardens. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Folds of Honor or Daniel Pitino Shelter.

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  • Daniel Pitino Shelter
    501 Walnut St.
    Owensboro, KY 42301

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900 Old Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42303
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