Anne Elizabeth Watson

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Anne Elizabeth Watson

Anne Elizabeth Watson, fun friend to many, and amazing mom, YaYa and relative, passed away at age 68, on October 30, after having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on July 2. 


Anne was born in Seattle on April 25, 1951, and grew up in Ballard. Her family later moved to Edmonds, and she graduated from Edmonds High with her friends of ‘69. She attended Western Washington University until the birth of her daughter took precedent over her college education. She learned to sew, knit, weave and cook during these years, and continued learning to craft and create until the end.  


The apparel industry is where Anne spent most of her career. She made many long-time friends, while always folding in new friends along the way. She loved her happy hour colleagues. 


Anne’s fantastic eye for design, playful personality and collector skills allowed her to turn her condo into the perfect place in which to entertain her friends with a good party and delicious food. She was the hostess with the mostest. 


Anne always loved live music, so much so that she even got a tattoo on her wrist, in the form of a dotted outline, for stamps to be placed when going to see a show. Her love of music and enjoyment of night-life led her to learn to dance at the Little Red Hen, where she made more new friends, and grew her cowboy boot collection. 


Anne and friends traveled to Europe many times, with Greece being a favorite destination. She enjoyed several trips to Maui and Cabo with her grand kids and other family members, where they had lots of laughs in the sun. Weekend getaways in San Francisco and Canada, at cabins and campgrounds in the Northwest, and picnics at Ballard beaches were other places she made rich memories with loved ones. 


She was a big fan of the themed, dress-up Christmas Eve parties with family, Husky football tailgates, summer parties on Ashworth, and celebrating St. Paddy’s Day and summer solstice with friends.  


Anne was cremated in her favorite red cowboy boots, with her emergency 20-dollar bill tucked inside. She leaves behind her daughter, son-in-law and grand kids, Heather, Jim, Adria and Brandon Cooper, her ex-husband, Craig Madsen, her brother, Richard Watson, her sister, Bonnie Hash, and many sisters- and brothers-in-law, and tons of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles “Chuck” Watson and Pearl Watson, and her brother, Vic Watson.


As a sign in her Crown Hill condo says, “She designed a life that she loved.” Those left behind will always remember her huge, twinkly smile. 


Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, Evergreen Hospice or with a generous tip to your next live musician, wait staff or bartender. 

11 Responses to “Anne Elizabeth Watson”

  • Karen Van Beek says:

    Dear Anne, you, my dear, will be greatly missed!

  • Dax Jones says:

    Anne is a family treasure. Smiley. Kind. Amazing chef. Humble. Quirky. Boots for days. Beer and other liquid fun. Creative. Unique. All kinds of fun and funny. Generous of heart. A treat to be in her presence.
    Have been told there’s no such thing as goodbyes, there’s only see you laters. Till then, don’t change. You’re the best version of you!
    Love, Dax

  • Gale Johansen says:

    Nobody who met Anne could ever forget her beautiful smile, fun nature and unique style. She always lived life to the fullest and encouraged others to come along for the ride. Every outing with Anne was an adventure.
    I won’t look at cowboy boots, Pez, Space Needle or Eiffel Tower collectibles, or any colorful, fun, wild decor without thinking of Anne.
    We have been good friends since 9th grade, so there is a cornucopia of stories from the past 54 years. I miss our loving and funny friend. R.I.P., Anne, our brown eyed girl.

  • Daniel Patrick Borovina says:

    Thank you Auntie Anne for always being so kind❤️ You always made me feel warm and welcomed. Love your creative spirit. I have some of that in me too! Say hey to dad and Matt for me. Love you to the moon and back. Daniel Patrick

  • Barb DiJulio says:

    I worked with Anne at Nordstrom for 5 years and felt so blessed to have her as a friend. We shared many laughs and great times together. Even though we didn’t stay in touch the last few years we always wished each other a happy birthday since we shared the same birthday. Rest in peace sweet Anne and blessings to your family.♥️

  • Serena Raven says:

    sock monkeys will forever remind me of you and your kind laugh, dear Anne.

  • Patti and Ed Dewing says:

    From an headstone in Ireland.
    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal.
    Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

    Patti and Ed O’Neill-Dewing
    Till we meet again

  • chuck Brickell says:

    In her loyalty, her joy in being around people and sharing a laugh and a good, a great, time, Anne brought her own unique definition to “friendship”.
    She was one of my wife’s, (Gwen), best friends and we shared so many great times together. When I lost Gwen, Anne was there for me and our friendship continued to the end. Whenever I was in town we would go out to dinner and drinks and spend the night laughing and just enjoying each others company. So many times we would get ready to leave so someone else could have our table and the waitperson would tell us to stay. “You guys seem to be having so much fun, I hate to see you go.”, would be the common excuse.
    Anne, you always made me smile, you always knew just what to do so we would have the best time, you were and are my friend and I will miss you. I know wherever you are, the party just got a little better.

  • Peggy Rice says:

    Dearest Anne, the best of the best. Always and forever friends. You own a piece of my heart.

  • Julie Anne Hanner says:

    Anne: I met you first when mom and I drove up to Western to meet you when you were first pregnant with Heather. I remember talking with mom on the way home about how cool you were. Little did we know that we had met an amazing, loving, talented, compassionate, hilarious, and beautiful person. I am so honored to be blessed to have you in my life the past 39 years. I am so relieved you are not in pain anymore. I will miss you like crazy. I look at your picture and cannot believe I won’t see you again. Last time we spoke was at Easter, when we were roasting Donald Trump (I still can’t call him President.) We shared many laughs. This is how I will remember you. Chilling and laughing. Love you forever. Julie

  • Tanya Toschi says:

    Anne was truly a genuinely kind and fun loving human. I was saddened to hear of her late struggles and her passing. May she Rest In Peace.

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