Anna Katherine Watson Blair died peacefully on Friday March 22, 2013, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. She was at her home in Chapel Hill, NC, surrounded by her family. Anna was the beloved daughter of Harvey Langill Watson and Elizabeth Martin Watson and was born on November 7, 1958 in Kinston, NC.
Anna attended Durham High School where she was valedictorian in 1977. She was a James M. Johnston Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a nursing degree in 1981. She was a registered nurse for over 30 years and served with steadfast dedication on pediatric units, in family practice centers, and in rheumatology clinics at Pitt Memorial Hospital, Hatteras Medical Center, and UNC Hospitals.
She is survived by three children, Anna Elizabeth Blair, Katherine Blakeney Blair, James Seaborn Blair IV, and their father, James Seaborn Blair III. Anna is survived by sister Amy Watson Briceño; brother Harvey Langill Watson Jr. and his wife Ginger Love Watson; brother Arthur David Watson and his wife Jane Goellner Watson; five nieces, Virginia Blair Watson, Katherine Elizabeth Watson, Koehler Amalia Briceño, Sara Kiley Watson, and Kathryn Langill Watson; and two nephews, James Harvey Watson and Cristopher Alexander Briceño.
Anna’s most treasured role was being a mother to her three children. She was a spirited and avid soccer mom, Boy Scout mom, and Girl Scout mom. Her happiest times were with her family at their cottage on the sandy banks of the Neuse River and being a camper, counselor, and staff nurse at Camp Don Lee; one of her favorite sessions was Camp Rainbow that served children with cancer. She was a vibrant member of many United Methodist Churches throughout her life, particularly Hatteras United Methodist and University United Methodist in Chapel Hill. Anna had a deeply ingrained love of music that she shared for many years in children’s music ministry. In addition to being a devoted Tarheel, Anna loved dancing, cooking, bridge, reading, sailing, and simply being by the water.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to all of the caregivers from the Tisch Brain Tumor Center, Duke Hospice, Cornucopia House, and Anna’s village of friends for their dedication and care to Anna during this incredibly challenging period in her life.
A funeral service will be held at University United Methodist Church, 150 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC, on Easter Monday (April 1) at 11 am.
The family will receive visitors after the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Camp Don Lee Health Center, 315 Camp Don Lee Road, Arapahoe, NC, 28510, Attention: Rev. John Farmer.