Born 9/22/1955 in Hotchkiss, Colorado to Mr. and Mrs. George Dewey Watson.
Died 9/20/2023 in Grand Junction, Colorado due to pneumonia.
Anna graduated from Hotchkiss High School in 1973. She was a member of Pep Club and National Honor Society. Anna contemplated joining the military, due to her great respect for her father as a WWII veteran, but would have been unable to pass the medical requirements. Anna received a one-year scholarship to Mesa State but declined it to stay at home and help her parents financially. After High School graduation, she worked at the Delta County Independent newspaper for 11 years as a copy editor and was a manager of her department. Later, to stay home with her three young children, she also ran a home business as a typist for several years, while being heavily involved in her local church and Parent Teacher Associations for her children’s schools.
While focusing on raising her children, Anna was honored to accept her calling as a Sunday School teacher. Anna taught for years as a Sunday School teacher in Grand Junction, CO, Fairbanks, AK and in Clifton, Colorado. Altogether, she taught Sunday school for 30 years and encouraged children to read the Bible and to pray. She made sure the children who came through her class knew three things: Genesis 1:1 – you must believe God created the world (In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth); John 3:16 – you have to accept that Jesus is the only way to salvation (For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life); and 2 Timothy 2:15 – you have to study the Bible (Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth). Anna made sure the children all knew the ten commandments as well, as she took special delight in ensuring the children had a solid foundation for their lives and knew where to turn in times of trouble.
After her kids were older, Anna worked at the Mesa County Attorney's Office for 19 years as an administrative professional, until her retirement.
Anna is survived by three children and one grandchild whom she loved and prayed for every day. Though we know we will be with her soon, we will miss her greatly. We take comfort in knowing 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”
Anna's favorite past times were watching sports, reading, gardening, and being in nature. She was always excited to cheer on the professional Colorado sports teams: Rockies, Broncos, and Nuggets. Her favorite books to read were the Bible and romantic mystery novels. Anna loved to hike to see waterfalls until her mobility didn’t allow for hiking, in which case, she loved to have photos of waterfalls around her, often with pictures of tigers, her favorite animal. Anna loved to have red roses and purple lilacs in her garden.