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Lee Audrey Watson
April 20, 1945 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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On Sunday, January 28, 2024, an angel stopped by the bedside of Lee Audrey Watson to say, “take my hand, come with me. Your work on earth is done.” Lee Audrey was born on April 20, 1945 to the late Columbus and Juanita Hammonds in Winston-Salem, NC. The second of 4 children, she was affectionately called Leaky or Aunt Leaky by close family members.
Lee Audrey always wanted to be a nurse and as a young child pretended to be one and would put band-aids on her dolls’ imaginary scrapes and cuts. She started on that journey after completing high school and was accepted into the Nursing Program at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University in Greensboro, NC. After graduation, she moved to Washington, DC with her classmate and new husband, George, to start her nursing career. She quickly found employment at Providence Hospital and worked in that role as a bedside nurse for a couple of years. Although she took great pride in wearing her starched white nursing hat and uniform, she did not find fulfillment in working in that environment. She felt her true calling was to teach nursing, so she spent the remaining years of her professional life as an Educator working in the DC Public Schools at Margaret Murray Washington Vocational School teaching nursing to those who aspired to be Licensed Practical Nurses. It always lifted her heart when she would run into one of her former students who remembered being in her classes.
Lee Audrey enjoyed reading her bible and highlighting everything that she read. She and her sister-in-law, Jeari, became bonded at the hip as they attended weekly Bible Study classes. For many years they met together with Christians from different denominations, spending 4-5 hours each Saturday at Hughes Methodist Church, DC as they studied the Word of God. Lee Audrey especially looked forward to the annual 3-day mountain retreats with the larger group, known as Interfaith Saints. Even though she had a hard time walking, it did not prevent her from making this journey. She grabbed her walker and said, “I’m ready, let’s go!”
Lee Audrey loved being with family and gently interjected her opinion into any conversation. She was particular about the family games that she would play and was always looking for an opponent to engage in a game of Scrabble with her. She was fierce as she carefully laid down her tiles to form compound words. She really studied the game and knew more 2 and 3 letter words than anyone, so those who knew her reputation and were bold enough to take her on knew that she would win by at least 100 points.
Lea Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, Columbus and Juanita Hammonds; Step-mother, Marie Hammonds; brother Fermon Bernard Hammonds; husband George Watson Jr and daughter, Deirdre’ LaShawne Watson, DVM.
She leaves to cherish her memories her son George Watson III (Lynn (Lorinda)), grandsons Bradley Watson and Robert Weeks Jr (Johnisha), granddaughters Elizabeth and Sarah Phan, great grandsons Jayden and Javian Weeks and Paul Charles Jr; great granddaughters Jayla Charles and Nola Weeks, sister Barbara Jean Hammonds, brother Harold Hammonds, sister-in-law Jearsel Watson, nephews Dr. Ronald Watson Jr (Ingrid) and Ralph D’Abreau Jr, nieces Lynnette Hawthorne, Daphne Hammonds and Constance Barnes (Frederick), great niece Loren Watson and Marquitta Hammonds, great nieces / god daughters Kira and Bria Roy; and great-nephews Brandon and Bryant Hammonds. She will also be remembered by the many relatives, friends, and co-workers whose lives she touched.