Mary Katherine Watford, age 97 of Winter Garden, went to be with her Heavenly Father on July 15, 2014. She was born on September 22, 1916 in Reidsville, Georgia to G. F. and Mary Kirkland Brazell. A longtime Winter Garden resident, Katherine saw many changes in the community after moving here when her father became the Chief of Police.
Katherine was a switchboard operator and she worked for the Winter Garden Telephone Company, Orange County Sheriffs Department and the Orange County Commissioners Office. She volunteered at the family history library in Orlando, where she help others find out their ancestry. Katherine was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where she served as Relief Society President in LaMarq, Texas, Bonifay, FL and Deltona, FL. She loved to teach others, and she served as a Primary Teacher, Home Making Teacher and Culture Refinement teacher in St. George, Utah, which was one of her favorite assignments. She loved children and enjoyed teaching and mentoring them, and she was a Foster Parent to over 100 children, many of whom she has stayed close with after they became adults. She was also inducted into the Wisdom of the Ages exhibit In Tallahassee, FL in 2006.
Katherine stayed busy working in her yard, helping others and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her son, John Michael Hall. Katherine is survived by her loving children: W. G. Billy Hall and wife June, Carolyn Lolaine Conner and husband Tom, C. W. Chip Hall and wife Ginney, C. D. Carl Hall and wife Dinky and by Mary Kay Hall her grandchildren: Kim Martin, Kathy Tom Knight, Mark Kim Conner, Robin Mike Pritzkau, Brock Hall, Wally Ananicole Smith, Mark Andrea Smith, Tiffany Taylor, Paige Tim Morgan, Shelly Chris White, Dustin Desiree Hall and by her great grandchildren: Allie, Gus, Alden, Jessica, Jesse, Garrett, Dalton, Skylar, GraciJo, Maggi, Gavin, Anyssa, Niccole, Kaylee, Cody, Hailee, Halston, Porter, Colby, Shelby, Lucas, Levi and Chase.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 17 from 6 8 PM at Collison Carey Hand Funeral Home, Winter Garden. Funeral Service will be Friday, July 18 at 10 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 8450 Silver Star Road, Orlando, FL. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Gotha, FL.