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Callie Stokes Watson

December 31, 1969 October 31, 2013
Callie Stokes Watson
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Callie Stokes Watson, a long time resident of Ravenna, KY., died on Thursday, October 31st, 2013. Callie Watson was born in Lee City, Kentucky, the daughter of Thomas Ratliff and Ada Sally Ratliff. She grew up in Jackson, but resided in Estill County for most of her life. In 1941 she married Thomas A. Stokes, a train dispatcher for the L & N Railroad. They had two children: a son, Robert A. "Jiggs" Stokes who lives in Golden, Colorado with his wife, Amy, and their son, Robert Curtis; and a daughter, Sherry Stokes Kraus, who lives in Rochester, New York with her husband, Eugene J. Kraus. Several years after the death of Thomas Stokes in 1958, Mrs. Watson married Claude J. Isaacs, a long-time Ravenna barber. Several years after Mr. Isaacs' death in 1978, she married James A. Watson, who died in 1984. Callie was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker, but also had one of the longest careers as a cosmetic consultant for Luzier, Inc. in the company's history. She began her career with Luzier in the late 1950's and serviced her patrons until 2007. Mrs. Watson is survived by her two children and her grandson; by her sisters Faye Childers (Calvin) and Irene Randolph (Keith) of Dayton, Ohio and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her devoted son-in-law, Balus Marcum, who was married to her late step-daughter, Hannah Watson Marcum, and by her step-grandchild, Gwen Marcum Riddell and her family. Callie Watson was predeceased by her sisters, Minnie Epperson of Birmingham, Ala., Florella Hall of Dayton, Ohio, Elsie Crabtree of Cincinnati, and by her brothers Charles Ratliff and Arthur Ratliff of Bear Track, Ky.; Tommy Ramous "Bud" Ratliff of Florida, Dorsey Ratliff and Ex-Ray Ratliff of Jackson, Ky. Callie loved her family, her many friends, her home and her long career selling cosmetics. Ageless at "39 and holding", Callie had an incredible enthusiasm for life. She could not bear to be idle and always had some wonderful project in the works, which, at various times, included learning the skills of needlepoint, hooking rugs, quilting, painting furniture and mixing concrete. She loved to cook, work in her yard, tend her beautiful flower gardens and keep an immaculate home. She will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved her.


1:00 pm Monday, November 4th, 2013

Lewis Funeral Home


5:00 pm Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Lewis Funeral Home

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