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Katherine Ann "Kitty" Watson

Katherine Ann “Kitty” (Zimmerman) Watson, 78, died Friday, February 16, 2018, in Ogden, Utah, due to effects of late stage cancer. She was born February 12, 1940, in Danville, Virginia to Emma Watson Zimmerman and Jay Zimmerman and raised in New Paltz, New York.

Kitty graduated from SUNY New Paltz where she studied ornithology, beginning her lifelong love of birds, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She began her teaching career in Monterey, California, where she married Larry Crow of San Antonio, Texas (later divorced). Together they moved to Nuremberg, Germany, where Kitty was a teacher on the US Army base, and then settled in San Antonio, where their two children were born and raised. There Kitty continued a teaching career that spanned most of the next 50 years, during which she enriched the lives of hundreds of children. After her retirement from Royalgate Elementary School she moved to Ogden, Utah, in 2016 to be near her only grandchild, who was the light of her life.

On a trip to Africa in 1990, Kitty fell in love with Kenya. She returned many times across the next 15 years, raising funds for and overseeing the construction of several libraries and schools and avidly supporting wildlife conservation. She cherished the friendships she made there and was dearly loved by many.

Kitty was a caring mother, an adoring daughter, a devoted sister and aunt, and a vital component of her extended families. She was a doting grandparent, known as “Gran Kitty” not only by her granddaughter, but by many others who loved her as a “third grandma”. Her generosity was expansive. She took a genuine interest in people and extended a thoughtfulness specific to everyone she cared for.

Kitty is survived by her brother Jay Zimmerman, Jr. (Isabel) of Carbondale, Illinois; children: Katherine Crow of San Diego, California, and Paul Crow (Sarah Rushforth), and granddaughter Willa June of Ogden, Utah.

The family would like to extend their deep appreciation to the staff at Intermountain Hospice for their compassionate help with the last weeks of Kitty’s care.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the elephant and black rhino protection and preservation programs at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

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RIP dear Kitty-wife, friend, mother, grandmother, lifelong bird and animal lover. You touched and enhanced many lives, and raised two loving and extraordinary children.
Thanks for the memories,

Larry Crow Feb 26 2018 12:00 AM

Kitty Watson was a warm, loving and dedicated teacher. I had the privilege of knowing her while she taught at Royalgate (now Madla) Elementary School. She cared for the world around her, helping send books and helping teach students in Kenya. We will miss you. Rest well.

Ed Suarez Feb 26 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Katherine Watson

Sue Feb 25 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Katherine Watson

Anthony Feb 24 2018 12:00 AM

We are missing Kitty. She has become an important part of our family spending Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with us for the past many years. Her warmth and generosity have enriched all of us. She has been GrandKitty to all of our grandchildren. We miss her daily Facebook posts of African wildlife and the birds she so loved. We love you Kitty.
Sam and Nancy

Nancy Rushforth Feb 23 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Paul Katherine Sarah and Willa,

A donation of $ 50 has been made to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust In Kitty Watson honor by Jed Rushforth.

So sorry about Kitty she was a wonderful person and she was very loved.

Jed and Katherine

Jed Rushforth Feb 23 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Katherine Watson

Virginia Marenco Feb 23 2018 12:00 AM