Catherine Jameison
(1911 - 2009)

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Catherine Jameison

Birth:
April 21, 1911

Passing:
January 19, 2009


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Catherine was born in Point Edward, Ontario, Canada, to Lucy Elizabeth Dyer Watson and William Hiram Watson. She was raised in Chicago, Illinois, where she won a beauty contest, and was named the most beautiful woman, before going to Hollywood, California, where she was a dancer in films during the 1940's. She married Arthur Jury Jameison, who preceded her in death. She worked for the State of California, in the Department of Motor Vehicles and Employment Office for almost 20 years, as well as working nights at the famous Brown Derby restaurant. She also attended UCLA for a year, studying pre-law, before an injury forced her retirement. Catherine loved to sew and knit, but her greatest passion was painting. She created portraits of her daughter and granddaughter, and also featured them in beach scenes from Hawaii. Catherine was also one of the founding members of the California Gray Panthers, and was actively involved in counselling parents who lost their children in violent deaths. She lived in California from the 1940s until January 11, 2009, when she came to New Mexico to be with her daughter. Preceding her in death are her sisters, Ilean and Mary, and her brothers, Bubby and Morris. She is survived and missed by her daughter, Dr. Laurelle Danton, her granddaughter, Dr. Tiffany McCormack, her great-grandsons: Kieran and Quinn; her sister: Grace Jackson; her brother: Earl Watson; her nieces: Marianne David, Tarina Murray, and Coleen Patterson, as well as her nephews: Alan Watson, Earl Watson and Bobby Dye. Having lived in Placerville, California from 2000 until September, 2008, she had many wonderful friends who will miss her dearly. She was a familiar passenger on the buses in El Dorado County, as she loved to do her shopping herself, and was able to do so until 2007. A picture of her waving to the bus driver was featured in the Mountain Democrat newspaper. Because of Catherine's sunny smile and love of people, she also made friends throughout the United States and Europe.

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Guest Book (5 entries)
Dear Laurelle,

We deeply regret the loss of your mother and my oldest sister Kay -- Catherine Watson Jameison. For all of my 84 years I have had the greatest respect and love for my wonderful sister Kay. She was more than just a sister to me and the rest of the kids -- more like a mother. She really spoiled me with money, gifts, toys, and clothes, and never, ever said "no" to me.

I often bragged about having about having the best-looking sister. She won the contest as the best-looking woman in the city of Chicago, and she was always the best dressed, with stylish hats, gloves, and dark clothes. Everybody loved Kay.

When I left the army 62 years ago at the end of World War II, my brother Morris and I moved to Southern California. There was a great shortage of apartments available for all the returning servicemen, and when I met and married my beautiful wife Melba, Kay generously allowed us to move into the cbedroom of her one-bedroom apartment while she and Laurelle slept on the ouch in the living room. She helped introduce us to Los Angeles society, since she knew so many people there.

In all my years I never had a cross word or problem with Kay. She sent cards to me for all occasions. Our grandmother loved Kay, and my mother, father, and family could always depend on her. Kay will be missed, and we will always have fond thoughts of her, and keep her in our prayers.

With love and condolences from her baby brother and his wife,

Earl and Melba Watson



Earl Watson (Brother)
January 28th, 2009
When I was about three or four years old (back in the early 1950's) auntie Ilean came to Southern California to visit her west coast family. Our family lived in Venice at the time, near the ocean, so all of my aunts gathered at our house for a visit. They decided we would all go to nearby Lick Pier, where there was an amusement park called Ocean Park, with a roller coaster, rides, and lots of other seaside attractions. To the best of my memory (and forgive me if I'm wrong), the group included my mother Melba, my aunts Kay, Mary, Gracie, and Ilean, my cousins Laurelle, Tarina, and Mary Ann, and myself.

One of the attractions at the park was a pair of diving bells, which slowly descended under water for a few minutes, then suddenly popped back up to the surface in a big splash. Auntie Ilean took two or three of us cousins into the diving bell, while everybody else stayed outside and waited.

When the diving bell descended, we weren't just under water, we were surrounded by a large group of fish of all sorts, including sharks. As I looked out my porthole, I noticed a sawfish -- a shark-like fish with a serrated pike that looked just like a saw growing out of it's snout. I was frightened by that creature, and asked the ride operator next to me if the sawfish could cut a hole into the glass and drown us all. Little did I know that there was a microphone inside that diving bell, and everything I said was broadcast over loudspeakers all over the park.

When we got out, everybody was laughing at what I had said inside the diving bell. I'll never forget how funny everybody thought I was. Honestly, to this day, I'm not really sure that auntie Kay was there, or Laurelle, but she certainly was in my mind's eye. I can see her and her sisters laughing, happy, and genuinely enjoying themselves -- it is my earliest memory of my beautiful, loving aunts -- my father's sisters -- and it was one of the happiest days of my life.

That park later became Pacific Ocean Park, one of the best places in L.A. to be a kid in the 50's and 60's. Aunt Kay and Laurelle lived near my elementary school, and I remember dropping by after school for cookies and kool-aid or lemonade.

Later in life Kay moved out to the San Fernando Valley, and she frequently called on me for a ride or an errand or just a helping hand. I always enjoyed her company, and even as she was growing older and grayer, she never lost her beautiful smile or that twinkle in her eyes. I can understand why she was such a noted beauty in her younger days! She was a strong, independent woman who fought for senior rights long before it was the popular thing to do.

I didn't see Auntie Kay again after she moved to the Sacramento area, but it warms my heart that she remained so beautiful and strong well into her nineties. I will not soon forget her, and I pray for her daughter (my cousin) Laurelle, and her granddaughter Tiffany and her family, that their grief be gentle and brief, and their memories of Kay happy and long-lasting.

Earl Watson (nephew)
January 27th, 2009
I'm so sorry to hear this news...

Auntie Kay had a good long life...

I remember, many years ago, Auntie Kay gave me fabric so my Mom could make dresses for me... and they were beautiful dresses. Whenever I wore them I thought of your Mom and MY Mom.

I remember how little Tiffany was Auntie Kay's pride and joy.

Glad you were able to bring your Mom to New Mexico so you could be there for her final days and weeks...

Sending love and sincere condolences,

Coleen (Watson) Patterson
Coleen Patterson (Niece)
January 26th, 2009
Laurelle,
My deepest sympathy and love to you during this painful time! I'm sorry I didn't have more opportunities to spend time with you and your mother, but the visit in Somerset was wonderful, and we all had a wonderful time! My regards to the entire family!
Much love,
Carmel
Carmel Pinkerton (Friend)
January 22nd, 2009
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January 21st, 2009
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"We deeply regret the loss of my oldest sister "Kay". I have had the most wonderful respect and love for my sister, as she was more like a mother. We will always have fond thoughts of her. Baby Brother, Earl the Pearl, and Melba"
Earl and Melba Watson
January 28th, 2009
"Sincere condolences from my heart to yours. May the knowledge that she's safely home comfort you in the days to come. She was an amazing lady. May God bless."
Sybille Matievich
January 27th, 2009
"We will miss your smile and your laughter Katherine!! I will try to find the pics of you and Kody together!! Rest Well My Friend... And Don't Forget to Fly!!"
Aubrey Lusk Lusk
January 26th, 2009
"In memory of a wonderful friend."
Leslie Baumgartner
January 24th, 2009
"Deepest sympathy to the family"
Sue Summers
January 22nd, 2009

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