In Memory of

Almira

"Myra"

Watson

(Parker)

Obituary for Almira "Myra" Watson (Parker)

“On My Way Home”
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.”

On Thursday morning May 25, 2023, our beloved Deaconess Almira Parker Watson was called home to be with the Lord at her residence in Makemie Park, Virginia. Almira Parker Watson was born on March 31, 1930, in Accomack County to the late Orville L. and Janie W. Parker.

Almira, affectionately known as “Myra,” grew up in Makemie Park. She attended Accomack County Public Schools and in later years received her high school diploma at Wheaton High School in Wheaton, Maryland under a special program.

Myra was joined in holy matrimony to Johnny Watson for many years. They lived in Chicago and Maryland, and after many years of marriage they divorced. Myra spent a little time with her parents, helping them with the business and farm on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

In 1974, she moved to Washington, DC and became a recording clerk for Labor Union #74. She worked for the DC Government as an associate representative for The Metropolitan Area for Liberation of Ex-offenders for DC Employment. While there, she received many certificates, also while attending a few colleges in Maryland. After her retirement in 1992, she worked as a recording clerk on several jobs, which included, an officer of Elections in the DC metropolitan area, the A. Phillip Randolph Institute (APRI DC Chapter), encouraging people to register to vote. She was also a recording secretary for that organization for more than ten years, and the DC Government Youth Equal Opportunity Employment program, where she was responsible for obtaining summer employment for young people, by working with employers within the metro area to hire youth for the summer. Myra received numerous awards for her excellent work during her career, which included: The National Alliance of Business Award, the DC Apprenticeship Council Marion Barry Mayor Award, the DC Public School Career Development Program Award, the Committee on Political Education (COPE) Award, the Rose Marie Collection Award and the AARP Award, to name a few. Myra later moved from Washington, DC to Fredericksburg, VA. While in Fredericksburg she became an AARP Chapter 3396 Public Relations person and an Independent Distributor for The Body Management for Rose Marie Collection as a Body Management Specialist where she sold the Oil of Mink collection and the WeCare Luxurious skin care products, along with the body management products. Myra also belonged to organizations, such as, AARP and the Georgiana Thomas Grand Chapter order of Eastern Star, P.H.A District of Columba and Jurisdiction. (Miriam Chapter No.4).

During Myra’s Christian journey, she joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Spotsylvania County, where she sang in the choir and was president of the Ladies Auxiliary for many years. She also attended Salem Baptist Church and became a member of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry. Myra later moved back home to Makemie Park to take care of her elderly parents. While living there, she became an AARP representative as a community coordinator in charge of Accomack County and Northampton and served on the board for many years. She also worked as a part- time employee at Royal Farms in Wallops Island for many years. Myra rejoined the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Jenkins Bridge, Virgina, under the leadership of Rev. B. F. Burton, and was ordained as a deaconess. She helped to serve communion in the Jenkins Bridge area and was a faithful member for many years until her health began to decline. Myra loved to work in her yard, mowing the lawn, trimming bushes, and growing flowers; selling health care and skin care products, as well as household items and jewelry; traveling to different parts of the country; planning parties, as she was a great hostess and planner for any event; watching CVS, TBN and other tele-evangelist programs, especially T.D. Jake Ministries, and playing around on the piano and singing, This Little Light of Mine.

Myra leaves to cherish fond memories: loving nieces and nephews; her cousin who cared for her, Arnold L. and Leona Parker of Chesapeake, VA; Pastor Brenda Peterson, her devoted Pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church; many cousins and her special friends.