Cora C. Watson was born on April 12, 1931, in Denison, Texas, to the union of Willie and Lillian Wills. The family relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1931. Cora attended Hooper Avenue Elementary School, George Washington Carver Jr. High, and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. She was a good student and loved school. She had a knick-name her friends affectionately called her “Texas Hop” because of the way she walked. After high school she had her first child Denise Bruce. Cora attended Metropolitan Business School.
In 1950, Cora met the love of her life Pinkney Watson and married him in 1951. She moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1951 to be with her husband. To this union they were blessed with two beautiful children. Cora united with Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Tucson, Arizona, under the late T.S. Jackson, where she did the bulletins, sang in the choir, served on the usher board. She was also a member of the Eastern Star.
Cora attended Nursing School and worked many years as an RN at Tucson Medical Center in the Maternity Ward. She later left the hospital and opened her own daycare so she could be at home with her children.
In 1961, the Lord called Pinkney Watson home. Cora wanted to be with her family after the death of her husband, so she moved back to Los Angeles, California. She joined Mt. Sinai Baptist Church under Pastor H.B. Charles. She was very active in church. Cora was employed by “Select Academy for Little Folks” for many years as a Teacher’s Aide, until she retired.
Cora was known for her love of animals, especially cats, remembering everyone’s birthday, keeping in touch with everyone, telling you her age (when getting her point across), rolling skating, listening to her music, watching and attending wrestling, watching rap videos with her great-grandson, and her favorite pass time going to the little store (a thrift shop). Cora always put God first and loved her family unconditionally. She was kind, loving and a thoughtful person, who was always there whenever anyone needed her help.
We thank God for lending you to us, for giving us your love, wisdom, guidance, smiles, joy, happiness, peace, and understanding.
Cora was preceded in death by husband Pinkney Watson, her parents, Willie and Lillian Wills; her sisters, Louise Wills and Dorothy Tucker, and her brothers, Arthur Wills, George Wills and Godfrey Wills.
Cora leaves to cherish her beautiful memory, daughter Denise Chism (Arthur), son Pinkney Watson III, and daughter Felise Watson (Larry McKinney), grandchildren, Mishaun Jackson Clark, Michael Watson and Steven McKinney, great-grandchildren, Robert Hill, Dalon E. DeCoud Jr., Asani Watson and Michael Watson Jr., sister Lillian Wills and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.