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Rachel Lee Watson

August 18, 1940 ~ November 23, 2020 (age 80)



Rachel Lee Watson was born in Washington, DC on August, 18, 1940, to the late Mabrey and Cora B. Harrison Foster. Rachel attended Dunbar High School in Washington D.C. Rachel later married the late Moses Watson in 1956, from this union was born 6 children. Later in life she met Richard Nelson and from this union there were born 2 children.  Rachel worked as a custodian laborer for National Security Agency in 1965.  She also worked part-time as a custodian for Prince Georges Board of Education.  From there she attended PG College and began working for the US Courts in the Federal Government as a Secretary for Accounting Branch.  Rachel was a very hard worker and always made sure her children had what was needed.  After her injury in 1988, she became a full-time mother.  

At the age of 13, Rachel committed her life to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1953 at Bible Way Church on New Jersey Avenue in Washington DC. She joined the choir and had the most beautiful voice.  She was also a faithful member at Plain Truth Baptist Church, Baltimore Outreach and Second Refreshing Spring.  Rachel was the most selfless person. She ALWAYS opened her house to strangers who had no place to live and enjoyed cooking and having holiday celebrations (especially Christmas), birthdays, cookouts, and the list goes on.  Whenever someone needed to host an event, it was always at big Mama’s house, and she would never say NO.   She was a stern disciplinarian and when she gave orders, we had no other choice but to fulfill the duties because big Mama had no time for foolishness.  When Rachel could no longer attend church services, the one and only channel that she watched and listened to was Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.  She loved the preaching, psalms and hymns the choir sang, and would sing with them.  She knew ALL the songs and enjoyed lifting her voice to the Lord!    

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Vernon and Jack Foster and her oldest daughter Antoinette Watson. After God’s work was completed in her life, He called her home on November, 23, 2020. Rachel will be sorely missed, and leaves to cherish her memory her loving family: seven children, Moses Watson, Jerry Watson, Donna Erwin (late Joseph), Peggy Lewis (Mitchell), Marlene Mitchell (Dean), Sean Nelson, and Sharnice Nelson.  One brother, Eugene Foster, Seventeen grandchildren, twenty-six great- grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. 


Special thanks to our dear brother Sean (baby boy Sean was his nickname by mom) who has been her primary caregiver since the day our mom was no longer ambulate. Our mother has always wanted to remain home until her departure from this earth and the Lord has fulfilled her desires.

 Does love still last?
Then do not weep for me
I have left this mortal body and now made free.
For I am free, 
and gone is all my pain.
If you have love for me
Don't wish me back again.
Know that I’m not far, you are not
left alone, you have many memories
with you to keep and carry on.
Have not a doubt or fear
I have just gone home.



Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Funeral Home Chapel

Public Visitation:  10 - 11 AM

Please be mindful that in an effort to maintain social distancing, we will encourage a "steady walk" through our chapel.  There is no sitting or lingering inside before the service time.  

Out of respect and for the safety of others and yourself...

Please do not attend if you are ill or without a mask! 


Service:  11 AM 

Attendees for service by invitation only but all are welcome to join the family via livestream,

 simply clicking the "access video" box at the very end of this page on the day of service

Interment: Harmony Cemetery











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December 8, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Pridgen Funeral Service, PA
9455 Lanham Severn Rd.
Lanham, MD 20706

Funeral Service
December 8, 2020

11:00 AM
Pridgen Funeral Service, PA
9455 Lanham Severn Rd.
Lanham, MD 20706

Video is available for this event

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