Della M. Watson, 67, passed away peacefully in her sleep after a brief courageous battle with cancer at 6:54 a.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.
Della was born on July 4, 1954, in Plymouth, Indiana to Richard E. and Dollie M. (Samuels) Ketcham and was soon nicknamed “little firecracker” by her father. It was in high school that Della walked past her future soulmate, Charles M. Watson. She would graduate from Plymouth High School with the class of 1973. In a country wedding at Eagle Creek Church in Knox, Della married Chuck on June 22, 1974. They were blessed with two children, Andrew and Heather. They were former members of Eagle Creek Church in Knox.
Della worked for Del Monte in Plymouth in the lab and running the mixing machine, until her retirement. She then used her artistic talents to create stunning floral displays and interior decorating for various businesses and private homes in Plymouth, including doing the seasonal outside floral planters at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home and The Remembrance Centre, as well as the wonderful interior decorating for Christmas. She got joy out of making the yearly wreaths for the American Legion Post #27 for Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day. She had an eye and a talent that was brilliant and stunning. She most recently was able to live out her dream of running a décor shop, Thistle & Clove, in Plymouth and was very fond of her vendors.
Della had the kindest, sweetest soul. Always wanting to know how you were doing. She was an angel with a funny, beautiful soul. She was loyal to her family and friends. Her children and grandchildren were her whole heart! She taught them forgiveness, strength and how to be a better person with each passing day.
She could be found spending countless hours in her garden and again, making flower arrangements. She loved, no was obsessed, with Christmas: music, shopping, and white fluffy snow. The joy of the season made her shine even brighter.
Della is deeply missed by her family which includes her son, Andrew (Amanda) Watson and children River and Ridge and Cameron, Cassidy and Brittany Morris; her daughter, Heather Hite and son Bohden; her mother, Dollie Ketcham of Plymouth; siblings: Marcia Allen, Nancy (Keith) Harbaugh, Lon Ketcham and Julie Ketcham as well as many nieces and nephews.
She is overjoyed to be with, once again, her soulmate and husband, Chuck who passed in 2016, her father, and uncles, John and Larry Ketcham.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 19, 2021, from 11-1 p.m. at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Charles Krieg officiating.
She will be laid to rest next to Chuck in the New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Colon Cancer Coalition 5666 Lincoln Drive, Suite 270, Edina, MN 55436 or to the family.
charles snyder says
You will be missed by many. You fought hard girl. Now you are with the love of your life and no longer in pain. R.I.P. Della.. I’ll see you and chuck later.
Ann Kleinke Saba says
I am heartbroken to hear of Della’s passing. She was such a kind and caring person. Her gentle soul will always be in our hearts. My sincerest condolences to her family.
Karma Murray says
Della, I will miss you But now you are with Chuck and I know you are so happy. No more pain. RIP my friend Fly High!!! love you, Della Mae!!
Gloria krieg says
We had so much fun when we got together, we shared so many laughs and tears through the years. I loved how you loved your Chuck, your kids and your Mom. How you enjoyed doing flowers inside and out. You were one special lady.
Love, hugs and prayers four family
Becky & Scott Mear says
Della , you were always a great friend. I remember the times we spent laughing and giggling over the silliest things. You were always the one to bring smiles to all of us. I will miss running into you around town. I know you are with Chuck again so you are in good hands now. Love you my friend. I’ll be praying for your family. I know the memories they have of you will help them thru this painful time.
Suzanne Gibson says
WE THE MEMBERS OF THE VFW AUXILIARY 1162 PLYMOUTH INDIANA ARE SADDEN TO HEAR OF DELLA’S PASSING HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
SHE WAS SUCH A BLESSING TO THE VETERANS IN THE AREA
AND SHE WILL BE MISSED
GOD SPEED DELLA
VFW AUXILIARY 1162
Sharon Leathers says
Della was a wonderful Christian gal. She was always smiling and so friendly. I will miss our talks and the friendship we had. She was so artistic and always did my arrangements. Her genuine concern for others will be missed. I will miss you my special friend.
Dennis and Linda Croy family says
We are so grateful for Della’s obvious love of Jesus and the sure hope we have of spending eternity worshipping Him with her. Our deepest condolences to her entire family, especially our precious nephews. Love you so much, River (Ashley) and Ridge!!!
Patty Romano says
Our classmate will be missed
Condolences to her family.
Patty Kraft Romano
Cynthia Marrin Milnerilner says
It is with great sadness that I heard of Della’s passing. I know she is with Chuck, but she will surely be missed by many on earth. She was so sweet, always worrying about others. Enjoy the many memories….she was a bright light to others.
Marilyn Ketcham Rowe says
” With Deepest Sympathy ” to all of the family in the loss of my cousin Della.
She was such a sweet person and always so friendly when I would go to Thistle & Clove. She made so many beautiful wreaths, and was so talented.
Now she will be with Jesus, her husband and her dad Richard ” that was like a dad to me “, whom also loved Jesus, and her brothers that passed before her.
I will see her in again Heaven one day, as there is no promise of tomorrow. <3
Carol Anne Morgan says
So sad to hear of your loss. I have many fond memories at the Watson house growing up. My you all find comfort knowing she is back with Chuck. Wonderful family. Take care.
Nancy Rhodes says
Such a sweet person always smiling ❤️
Connie nicholl says
Della was one of the sweetest, kindest person I ever met. She always asked how you were doing. She was very talented. I will miss seeing her at her store. To her family I’m so sorry for your loss!, Heaven’s gain.
My sympathy and prayers
Nancy Rhodes says
She was a wonderful lady
Peggy Evans says
Sweet Della will be missed. Condolences to the family.
Lisa Bernero says
Della was truly an Angel!! Now Heaven has gotten her back. I was Blessed to work with her for about 2 years. I’ve never known a kinder, sweeter Soul!! Love you Della
Nelson Chipman says
The world needs more Della’s. She and Chuck were made for each other. I know she missed him terribly these last 5 years. No more.
You are missed Della. Godspeed and R.I.P.
Elizabeth J Wilcockson says
Andrew and Heather,
Your Mother truly was an angel on earth. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever met. She will be missed greatly but she is with the love of her life and happy now, They were so cute together, always like high school sweet hearts! You will be in my thoughts and prayers!
Sandy Saenz says
So so sorry to hear this! What a sweet lady!! Rest easy now Della you fought bravely. To the family, my condolences and prayers for comfort and peace.
Steve & Teena Snyder says
Our lives were intertwined for over 50 years . The belly busting laughs and good times were never ending . May your next adventure be filled with everlasting peace and love . RIP Della Mae .
Kathy Parker says
So very sorry to hear of Dellas passing. She was one of the sweetest, kindest people I have ever known. Our sincere condolences to her family. I know she is back with Chuck and so happy.
Don and Kathy Parker
Nancy J. Pomeroy says
I was saddened to hear of Della’s passing. She was such a sweet person. We were good friends in high school, but lost touch after graduation. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. I know she is in a better place.
Joanne Pozorski-Szalay says
Heaven has a very special angel now. Della was a wonderful, loving friend. I will miss her generous loving heart, smile, laughter and her precious hugs. Della gave the best hugs!! Our fun times together and talks will never be forgotten. Della you were an amazing friend, and me and my girls thought of you as part of our family. We Love You Della and will miss you so much my sweet friend. Fly high my beautiful friend till we see each other again in that glorious place of Heaven.
My thoughts, hugs and prayers are with the family of Della. I pray God will comfort and hold you all close during this time of loss.
Rosemary & Elizabeth Szalay
Linda Clevenger says
Della sorry about the last time we spoke. I had no clue you were ill. But I understand people in pain say and do strange things. I remember yrs ago when we were at the water tower. Or dropping Brandy at your house and checking on her. And Heather at mine. But time and life comes between people. But I felt so sorry for you when chuck passed. Knowing the feeling. But you are at peace and with Chuck. And God bless the kids.
Linda Starr says
I will always remember the twinkle in her eyes!
Soar high, sweet spirit!
Sheri Jones Thompson says
Blessings and condolences to all who knew and loved Della; I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I feel fortunate to have attended school so many years ago, and will remember her as one who was always smiling and kind.
Jackie Klingerman says
You will be so missed Della, but you are with the LOVE of your life. That brings me joy because I know how much you loved and missed him. Fly High Sweet Lady 💖 Watch over your loved ones.
Haddi Croy says
I’m so sorry to hear of Mrs. Della’s passing! ❤ My deepest condolences to you all.
She will be greatly missed by many. She is now forever with her Savior and best Friend Jesus! She was just the sweetest and so caring when Elli and I visited her at the shop and chatted with her for an hour in June!
Judy and Mike Delp says
Della was such an inspiration to me and many others. Her love for our Lord, her family and her friends was evident in her words and deeds…. Hebrews 4;15-16 are verses that helped us in a time of deep grief- May they bless you also❤️🙏🏻
Stan and Andi bunch says
Andi and I will miss you and your warm heart and smiling face. You brought joy to everyone you came in contact with. We will think of you often. To Andy Mark and Heather May we are so sorry for your loss, the world has lost a great person but Heaven has gained a great soul.
Cindi Eads says
So very sorry to hear of her passing. I worked with her at the school cafeteria and she was such a sweet lovely person.
Roger & Vonda Johnson says
So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother and daughter. She will be greatly missed. We know she’s in God’s arms and no longer in pain.
Peewee and Jayme Warren says
Della you will be Missed by So Many. But knowing you Are with Our Savior and the Love of Your Life makes it a bit Easier . Godspeed and Rest In Peace 🙏
Rick & Pam Jones says
We were so sorry to hear about Della’s passing. She was a bright light in this world and I’m sure she is being welcomed in heaven by God, and all of her loved ones right now.
Dr. Bill Kirkley says
I remember Della from school. I recall her as kind, soft spoken and personable. My thoughts go out to her family. I know she will be missed. Take care.
Dr. Bill Kirkley
Wendy Gilliam says
Della ……one of Gods angels put here on this earth to show us the meaning of unconditional Love.
I am so thankful to have known her and so grateful her passing was a peaceful one.