|Birth: ||Dec. 9, 1928|
|Death: ||Oct. 12, 2006|
Obituary, Key West Citizen, October 15, 2006
Rose Mae Watson Fernandez departed this life on October 12, 2000, with her beloved family by her side, where much love was given to her. Born on December 9, 1928, in Key West, she was so dearly and greatly loved by everyone, who was blessed to know her, as she loved him or her. She was always supportive of all of her family and friends no matter what, and was the matriarch of our family.
Her parents, Ellis B. Watson, Angelica D. Watson; her sister, Gloria A. Thompson; granddaughter, Roseanne M. Sawyer; and her husband, Alberto Fernandez, preceded her in death. Her survivors include her brother, Ivan G. Watson; sons, George (Pedi) Koehn and Alberto (Anly) Fernandez Jr.; daughters, Barbara A. (Bill) Sawyer and Teresa Ferrer; her dearly loved nieces, Luana B. Meyer and Angela Llama, whom she loved and treated as her own daughters; grandchildren, Dina Schoneck, Lori Koehn, Gloria Koehn, Lisette Niles, Dana Vega, Derek Debevec, Billy Sawyer, James Ferrer, Alberto Fernandez III, Monique Fernandez, Talia Fernandez and Arlen Fernandez; her dearly loved nephews, Terry Lee Garcia, Chase Barber, Max Llama and Emanuel Llama; numerous great-grandchildren; and other family members, including her beloved dogs, Oreo and Pablo, and cats, Minnie and Smokey.
A very loving and beautiful person, she was appropriately named Rose. She would always help anyone in need, as she had a heart of gold. She was a great chef at various restaurants in Key West, starting out as part-owner of the original Pepe's Cafe on Duval Street; she owned, managed and cooked at the Little Q Restaurant, now known as El Siboney, always feeding a hungry friend or homeless person in need. She then worked at the Naval Air Station, where she fed great Cuban food to the many military men and women from all over the world, who couldn't wait to get to the mess hall at lunchtime. That brought her great pleasure. She also worked at the El Cacique on Duval Street for several years, which was a great experience.
Mom, we will always cherish your smile, your wit, your kindness, your understanding, your soft brown eyes and your love. You will always be our beautiful Rose. Our family would also like to acknowledge the wonderful people and organization of Hospice of the Florida Keys, especially Marcia Anderson, our girl, who was like a heaven-sent angel during this agonizing time for our family. We love you.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, October 16, 2006, at Castillo and Thurston's Key West Mortuary and Cremation Center. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to Hospice of the Florida Keys, Key West, Florida. Mother, go dance with the angels till we can all be together again.
Ellis Bethel Watson (1905 - 1961)
Angelica Maria Del Pino Watson (1909 - 1998)
Rose Mae Watson Fernandez (1928 - 2006)
Gloria Watson Thompson (1933 - 1968)*
Key West Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 30, 2010
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