For the Love of East Jordan: Harry and Phoebe Watson

Harry and Phoebe Watson made their home and their lives in East Jordan.  Phoebe taught first grade at East Jordan Elementary School, beginning in the early 1940s. During that time she met Harry and they were married while he was on leave from the U.S. Navy.

Harry was a funeral director in East Jordan, as well as a licensed builder and a master plumber and electrician.  He was a member of the Rotary Club of East Jordan for more than 50 years, in addition to serving as a City Council member and even the Mayor of East Jordan.  Phoebe was supportive of and involved in many of Harry’s community activities.  She was an effective teacher serving East Jordan’s young residents and families. 


Harry and Phoebe were married for 65 years.  She passed away in 2009 and he followed just two years later.  In honor and memory of their parents, the Watson’s children established two funds: the Phoebe Watson First Grade Fund and the Watson Field Fund, both to do good work in East Jordan.  When the funds weren’t having the impact that the Watson children intended, the Community Foundation worked with them to combine the two funds into the Harry and Phoebe Watson Fund for East Jordan.  Now the Fund will provide grant support every year to important programs and projects serving the community of East Jordan and its residents. 


The Watsons were helpful people.  They loved East Jordan and loved working to make their community better.  Even though they are gone, the Harry and Phoebe Watson Fund will serve the place they called home…forever.