Watson, Maggie Bridges (Mrs. B.D.)


1892 - September 18, 1949
Mrs. Maggie Bridges Watson was the daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. J. E. Bridges of Kentwood, La. She married Rev. B. D. Watson March 15, 1916. To this union four children were born, two sons and two daughters: Rev. Wilson Watson, Shreveport, La.; Mr. B. C. Watson, Baton Rouge, La.; Mrs. John H. White, Baton Rouge, and Mrs. Jack Chamloe, Shreveport, La.
Early in her girlhood she united with the former Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and was a faithful, efficient, and devoted member of the church throughout her lifetime. Mrs. Watson served with her husband the following charges of the Louisiana Conference: Pine Grove, Clinton, Baker, Jackson, Zachary, Slidell, Gibsland, Pleasant Hill, Jena, Belcher, Wynn Memorial, Zwolle, and Caddo Heights.
Mrs. Watson was a great woman and adorned the parsonage with a warm, loving, cheerful, personality. She was not only a devoted wife and mother to her husband and children, but she was often referred to as the “mother of the parsonage.” Many sought her counsel in hours when they needed a friend. As in the home, so in the church, she was not a stranger. She loved God and the church and was truly a helpmate to Bro. Watson wherever they served.
She had a great faith, a faith that kept her day by day, a faith that went with her through life, to the very end.
The last two years of her life, were ones of sickness and pain, but through it all she kept sweet, never murmuring nor complaining.
I visited her often during her illness’ and she called me her preacher, but she was my preacher, for I never entered her room without getting a Sermon on Faith, Beauty and Happiness, not in words, but in a life well lived and one that was saying:
O love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.
She passed away in Shreveport on November 18, 1949, at the age of fifty-six years, eleven months and 21 days.
We shall miss her but we will not mourn for her.
Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 168-169, 1950 by W. O. Lynch.

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