Agnes Elfleda Plummer Watson, 95: World War II ground observer volunteer

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SCARBOROUGH — Agnes Elfleda Plummer Watson, 95, longtime Scarborough resident, died Feb. 10, at the Guardian Center in Brockton, Mass.

She was born June 16, 1918, in Scarborough, a daughter of Ernest and Maude R. Berry Plummer. She attended local schools and was co-salutatorian and 1936 graduate of Scarborough High School. She played piano and was a member of the school orchestra.

At age 14, she began working at a local bakery until it was closed during World War II from not being able to purchase sugar, butter and other baking needs. Watson then worked at a local grocery store as bookkeeper and check-out girl for several years. Later she worked as a clerk at West Scarborough Post office, resigning when she moved to Boston in 1957. During World War II, she volunteered over 500 hours as a ground observer for the U.S.S.F Air Defense Team.

She joined the West Scarborough United Methodist Church in 1934. She served as Girl Scout leader of the church sponsored troop and organist for several years until her marriage. In 1958, she married Albert S. Watson.

She was a member of Dunstan Grange for over 50 years and had been lecturer and treasurer. She also belonged to Cumberland County Pomona Maine State Grange and National Grange.

She had a collection of 200 miniature shoes, a hobby listed in the United Methodist magazine. This caught the attention of her future husband and they became pen pals. A month after their marriage she transferred her membership to Copley Church in Boston, which later became Old West United Methodist by a merger. She served as treasurer of the Church United Methodist Women for over 22 years. In Boston, she worked as bookkeeper at Raymond’s Dept. Store and later senior clerk in cash management department at New England Merchants National Bank.

She enjoyed crossword puzzles, writing letters, baking and sewing, making many of her clothes. 

She was predeceased by her husband of more than 45 years in 2003; her parents; sister, Ruth, who died in infancy; and two brothers, Dana and Leon Plummer.

She is survived by three nieces, Patricia Plummer-Wilson and husband Stephen, their children, Alexander, Nathaniel and Emily, Rebecca Schmidt and husband Mark, and Lisa Wickboldt and husband Karl ; two nephews, Mike Plummer and wife Cabrini, and David Plummer and wife Elma; and many cousins, including a special cousin, Richard Plummer, of Scarborough, who provided much help during her husband’s illness and after his death.

Visitation was held Feb. 16, at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, South Portland. A funeral service was held at West Scarborough United Methodist Church, Scarborough. Spring interment to be at Black Point Cemetery in Scarborough.

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