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Lorraine F. Watson, 94, of 723 Catawissa Ave., Sunbury, passed away at her home on Monday, May 1, 2017. She was born Feb. 10, 1923, in Sunbury, a daughter of the late Harvey and Ruth (Sandler) Pyers. On July 19, 1941, she married Stewart R. Watson who preceded her in death.

Lorraine was a 1941 graduate of Sunbury High School.
During her working career she was a bookkeepr at the First National Bank and later became the first woman office manager at Wilson Manufacturing.
In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Lorraine filled her life with volunteer service. She served at the Sunbury Community Hospital and assisted in the start of Haven Ministries, also serving on their board. She taught Sunday school at her church, the Otterbein United Methodist, for 30 years where she also served on the board of the nursery school and was in the United Methodist Women's group where she did summer inner city mission work. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and she was a tour guide with the Northumberland County Historical Society.

Lorraine is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Sharon L. and James P. Garman, of Sunbury one son, Stewart R. Watson Jr., of Sunbury; three grandchildren, Angela Garman, Greg Garman, and Eric Watson; four great-grandchildren, Lauren Randles, Colin Randles, Brandy Watson and Eric Watson Jr.; three great-great-grandchildren, Alexiz Watson, Braylin Wright and Mason Fisher; and her siblings, Fred Pyers, Jean Brown, and Joan Stanton, all of Sunbury, Connie and Larry Mensch, of Milton, "second-daughter" Lanny Davis; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Terry Lee Watson; grandson, Justin Watson; siblings, Elizabeth Buckoff, Inez Bingaman, Tom Pyers, Bobby Pyers, Jake Pyers, and Donald Pyers.

Friends and family may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Otterbein United Methodist Church, Fourth and Vine streets, Sunbury, followed by the funeral at 11, with the Rev. Lisa Stine officiating.
Interment will follow in Pomfret Manor Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the church.
The family would like to give a big thank you to the Evangelical Hospice team.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lorraine's memory may be made to Otterbein United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are by the David T. Zweier Funeral Home Inc., 157 Chestnut St., Sunbury.
Condolences may be made at davidzweierfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 2, 2017
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