Memorial service April 12 for Kellie Watson — ‘She thought of others while fighting battle of her life’

Kellie Watson
Kellie Watson

Kellie Watson, 48, of Mountlake Terrace, passed away March 27, 2014, after a long battle with uterine cancer.

Kellie’s celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Alderwood Community Church, 3403 Alderwood Mall Blvd., Lynnwood.

Kellie would want you to be comfortable. Team Kellie attire is appropriate.

A gathering will follow the memorial service at the church and then at the Buzz Inn, 9900 Airport Way, Snohomish.

Kellie was born in Seattle on Dec.12, 1965. She graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School in 1984 and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Washington University.

After losing her husband in August of 2012, her family and friends were more important to her than ever. She was passionate about helping others, especially the four-legged ones. For Kellie’s birthday last year she wanted to complete 12 acts of kindness; one of those included collecting donations for Lady’s Hope Dog Rescue. She thought of others while fighting the battle of her life. Kellie was courageous, self-less and inspirational.

Kellie was predeceased by the love of her life, Michael E. Watson; her father, Michael W. Barker; her sister Tracy Barker; and her pets, Astro and Freddie.

Kellie is survived by her daughters, Kayla (22) and Kelsey (18); mom and step-dad, Shirley & Neal Milner; grandmother, Kathleen M. Haberkorn; siblings Robert Milner, Karrie Hatton and Lisa Schafer; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew, cousins, numerous friends, her dog Bam-Bam and grand-dogs Baby and Juda.

Memorials may be made to The Kellie Watson Benevolent Fund at BECU or Lady’s Hope Dog Rescue in Kellie’s name.

The family wishes to thank everyone for their amazing support during this difficult time.


  1. We had the pleasure of meeting Kellie and Mike through baseball with our granddaughters and their girls. They were the kindest and most welcoming people we have had to pleasure of knowing. I have never seen a woman who fought so hard and determined to survive this terrible disease. She was one strong and fabulous lady. Her legacy will be her girls who I am sure will continue her work and acts of kindness. Mike and Kellie are in our hearts and I am sure they are holding hands and keeping an eye on their beautiful daughters. Bless them all!

  2. My dear friend Kellie, it’s hard to believe you are gone. Even during the toughest of times you managed to keep that warm loving smile and disposition, caring for so many others. I miss that we didn’t get to spend as much time together in the past few years except at sports events. I am so very thankful for those special years we had together as teenagers and young adults, our bond was unbreakable. You were everything to me. I looked forward to your 16 page letters every 2 wks when my family moved to California (I still have many of them). Our visits to each others homes during these years brought special memories of you and our Brier-Terrace friends. When I was a troubled teenager, you and your family took me in and provided me the love and support I needed at a critical time in my life. The close bond you had with your family was something that shaped my life for the future. We got engaged together, stood up for one another (more than once for me…), had children together who became very special friends growing up. You were there for me when I lost my sister at a young age…you were a sister to me…One I could always count on and no matter how much time had gone by we could pick up where we left off…That tight love and bond you had with your mom and Rob transitioned to an incredible closeness with Mike and your girls over time as your family developed. I remember all the hockey games, Hawaii and Portland trips you, Mike and the girls took. I am so glad you were able to create these special memories for Kayla and Kelsey. You and Mike were that 2nd family to my kids growing up…especially Rene’. I am also very grateful for the friendship you developed with my daughter Jessica..She got to know how special you are as a friend. You and Mike were so concerned for me when was a single mom, and because of you Rick and I were reconnected and I owe that to you. I am glad you are reunited with Mike and so many other loved ones now…Give Dad and Sheryl a hug for me… I will always love you!


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