Veronica Watson was born in Singapore on January 12 1948. She was the second of four siblings. She was a devoted wife, doting mother, and a caring sister. The qualities of humility, kindness and compassion endeared her to friends and family.
She was educated in Methodist Girls’ School, Singapore. She excelled in sports and represented her school in State Netball competitions.
She graduated from Teachers’ Training College and began her teaching career at the age of 18. She formed a live long friendship with her fellow teachers Pauline, Lily and Olivia.
The first 16 years of her teaching career was in Singapore where she taught primary school students.
Her love of story-telling led her to share Bible stories with children during the school recess. She arranged for the needy children from the neighbouring estates around the school, to attend Vocational Bible School during the school vacations and later to attend Sunday School.
She adored her nieces – Leona and Serena and nephews – Joshua and Jonathan and loved them as her own. She was affectionately known as Aunty “Onka”.
She married Ranjan Watson in 1982 and settled in Sri Lanka. She taught at the International School, Colombo. Veronica left the war torn country of Sri Lanka with her husband and moved to London. During their stay in London Veronica worked a number of jobs. This included teaching Hairdressing Science to students of hairdressing, working as a Cashier at Waitrose and finally as a secretary at Barclays Bank.
Veronica adored children and desired to have children of her own. Six years after getting married and shortly after moving to Sydney Australia, Surein – her only son, was born.
A year or so after moving to Sydney, the family moved to Perth to be with Veronica’s brother Samuel and Veronica’s sister Magdelene and their respective families. Her love for teaching children led her to be a volunteer scripture teacher in her neighbouring schools. From the time Surein was two she commenced teaching and has continued until now. Her desire was to raise Surein in the nurture and admonition of the Lord with Christian beliefs and values, so she sent her Son to a private Christian School-Kingsway Christian College from pre-primary to year 12. In order to help pay for the private school tuition fees Veronica worked as a receptionist at a Medical Centre.
The Australian education system required her to obtain a degree to work as a teacher. In 2007 she commenced a bachelor of education degree at Curtin University. She was a university student at the same time as her son. She successfully completed her degree in 2010 with students many of which were less than half her age.
Following her studies Veronica moved back to Sydney with her husband and immediately commenced scripture teaching in Western Sydney and was a part-time English tutor at James Ann College. She continued both these roles up until the time of her passing.
Veronica was generous and gave sacrificially. She put the needs of others above her own – sometimes at great cost to herself. In her innocence she esteemed others better than herself. She had a listening ear and was ready to advise and pray for others, especially children. She had a very warm smile that would not only light up the room but also attract people to her. She was not the loudest person in the room yet her actions spoke louder than words. She loved singing and dancing. In church she would act out the words of songs while singing with great fervour.
She attended Connect Groups and the Hillsong Evening Bible College in the pursuit of learning more about God’s word. She attended the yearly Colour and Hillsong Conferences. She would use every opportunity to testify that “God has been good to me” to the glory of her “Appa” (Father) in heaven. She called herself His “Mannai” (daughter). She also referred to herself as God’s princess.
She is now in the presence of her “Appa” strolling the green pastures beside the still waters where she will experience joy unspeakable and rest forevermore in His glory.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
We thank you for your love, support and prayers during this time of grieving. As an alternative to flowers, your kind donations to the Westmead Children’s hospital, will be greatly appreciated.
You may use the link below for the online in memoriam – Veronica Watson donation: Bandaged Bear