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Birdie Watson

CHICAGO — Services for Birdie G. Watson, 89, of Rantoul, Ill., formerly of Chicago, who died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Country Health Nursing Home in Gifford, Ill., will be at 11 a.m. today at Bright Star Church of God in Christ Church in Chicago.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home in Chicago.

Mrs. Watson was born Feb. 28, 1921, in Natchez, the daughter of William and Mattie Green. She attended Brumfield High School and received her GED in Gary, Ind. She was a member of Zion Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Natchez. She worked in retail in Natchez and Chicago.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Watson; one son, Henry James Baker; one grandson, Ceril Baker; one great-granddaughter, Kyla Baker; four brothers, Williams, Cedric, James and George; and one sister, Harriett.

Survivors include three daughters, Harriette Dottery of Rantoul, Blanche Curtis and husband, Edward, of New Orleans and Gwenda Robinson of Chicago; one son, Freddie Baker and friend, Elaine Washington, of New Orleans; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Ruthie Green of Ferriday; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, a donor of choice or to the family.

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