Garage sale continues Sunday to benefit MLT family touched by tragedy

Mike and Kellie Watson’s photo decorate a donation jar for the family.
Items galore in the garage sale to benefit the Watson family; it continues Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Update:  An account has been set up at BECU for Kellie Watson and her daughters. Monetary donations can be made at any BECU branch to The Michael Watson Benevolent Account. Be sure to confirm that Melissa Reid is the administrator and Kellie Watson is the beneficiary. Reid would appreciate a text at 425-773-0299 so she can confirm the deposit.

Tears flowed and hugs were plentiful at a Mountlake Terrace garage sale Saturday for an MLT mom undergoing cancer treatment who also just lost her husband to a heart attack.

The original intent of the weekend sale was to support Kellie Watson, Mountlake Terrace High School mom and sports booster club organizer, during her treatment for ovarian cancer, said Melissa Reid, a close family friend. Organizers had created a “Team Kellie” Facebook page and had T-shirts made just for the event.

But the garage sale was transformed into a combination memorial and major fundraising event when it was learned that Kellie’s husband Mike died Friday morning following a heart attack earlier in the week. As word of Mike’s death spread via Facebook, people began showing up at the garage sale with donations of goods to be sold on the family’s behalf and cash to cover expenses –not only for Kellie’s treatment but also for the family that Mike, age 48, left behind.

“It’s completely heartbreaking,” Reid said.

Kellie, Mike and daughters Kayla and Kelsey are well-known in the softball community; Mike — known to most simply by his last name — Watson — was a long-time select softball coach who also coached at Lake Washington High School. Kellie, meanwhile, was always the team mom-type, helping behind the scenes, Reid said. Daughter Kayla played softball at Mountlake Terrace High School and was on the Central Washington University softball team before suffering a knee injury. She returned home and has been attending Edmonds Community College, Reid said. The Watsons’ other daughter, Kelsey, who will be a senior at Mountlake Terrace this fall, also plays softball.

Kellie works part-time at Robb Precision Tool Service in Lynnwood, but has exhausted all of her sick leave and vacation due to chemotherapy treatments, Reid said.

Those wanting to help the family can make donations at the garage sale, which continues Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 4605 222nd St. S.W. in Mountlake Terrace. We will have more details on the day and time of the memorial service, which will be at Alderwood Community Church in Lynnwood, when they are available.


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