Katherine "Kathi” Watson

December 26, 1961 ~ September 19, 2023 (age 61) 61 Years Old
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Katherine "Kathi” Watson Obituary

Katherine Lynne Watson, aged 61, passed away on September 19, 2023, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born on December 26, 1961, on Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, to her loving parents, Brenda Epperson Pope and Tommy Edwards.

Kathi’s journey through life was marked by determination and hard work. She graduated from Hickory Flat Attendance Center in 1979 and embarked on a fulfilling career with the City of Ripley, where she dedicated over 25 years of service. Her commitment to her work was unwavering, and she also found joy in her part-time role at Biscuits Steakhouse. In her spare time, she pursued knowledge and personal growth through online courses at Northeast Mississippi Community College.

In 2007, Kathi married Scott Watson. Together, they cherished moments out on the lake, cruising on their boat and making cherished memories that would last a lifetime. Kathi’s devotion extended to her role as a mother, as she poured her love and care into her children, Justin McKenzie and Kayla Maffei. Her heart also belonged to her furry companions, Lucy, Shelby, Callie, Dollie, and Lilly, who brought her endless joy.

To her adoring granddaughter, McKenzie, Kathi was more than just a grandmother; she was her “Mimi,” a source of love and comfort that knew no bounds.

Kathi faced life’s challenges with incredible strength, particularly her courageous battle against breast cancer. She showed remarkable resilience, inspiring all who knew her with her unwavering spirit.

She is preceded in death by her father, Tommy Edwards, and leaves behind a legacy of love and resilience, survived by her devoted mother, Brenda Epperson Pope; her loving husband, Scott Watson; her brother, Rick Edwards; her sisters, Kim Kerby and Melisa Dozier; her beloved children, Justin McKenzie and Kayla Maffei (Emile); and her cherished granddaughter, McKenzie Maffei.

Kathi’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of her family and friends. Her kindness, strength, and love will be remembered and treasured by all who had the privilege of knowing her. In honoring her memory, let us also remember the importance of strength, love, and resilience in the face of adversity.

The family request that memorials be directed in Kathi’s name to Breast Cancer Research and Foundation or Ru to the Rescue.

 Funeral Services honoring the life of Kathi will be at 1 PM Saturday, September 23 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 PM to 8 PM Friday, September 22 and will continue from 9 AM until service time Saturday, September 23 at The Ripley Funeral Home. Burial will follow in TIppah Memorial Gardens.

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September 22, 2023

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral

September 23, 2023

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral

Funeral Service
September 23, 2023

1:00 PM
Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral