Mary ‘Marley’ Watton

MILFORD, NH – 91, died on September 22, 2015 in Milford, NH after an active arts-oriented life spent in both producing and teaching art for over 50 years.

Born in Braymer, Mis­souri, she gradu­ated from Park College, MO in Art History with grad­uate work in the studio arts at the Kansas City Art Institute, then she became a fashion artist in KC and on to Manhattan for seven years before her marriage to Van Cranson Watton in 1953. They lived in New Rochelle, NY, Sudbury, MA and Hollis, NH.

Professionally she ex­hibited and sold her wa­tercolors at several gal­leries, and was a member of many juried art as­sociations. Among them were the NE Watercolor Society and the NH Art Association. She taught watercolor in Sudbury, Nashua, Amherst and Milford. She also studied interior design, worked for Beebe Interiors and taught at UNH Manches­ter.

Marley was a gar­dener. In Hollis she was president of the Garden club twice. She volun­teered at Beaverbrook Gardens and was also co-chairman of the 1976 Hol­lis Bicentennial to restore the town hall of Hollis.

In the 1990s, Marley joined the Currier Mu­seum of Art and quickly became a docent leading groups through the galler­ies for 10 years.

Music was also a favor­ite. In her 80s, she became a member of the Board of Trustees of Monadnock Music, where she insti­tuted the annual garden tour as a fundraiser. Her last volunteer job was as a member of Amherst vil­lage questers.

She was also a member of the DAR and the Am­herst Congrega­tional church.

Family mem­bers include a son, Peter Watton of Milford, NH; a daughter and son-in-law, Leslie and Michael Clemens of Winchester, MA; two stepchildren, Susan Murphy of Roches­ter, NH and W. Fletcher Watton of Wilton, CT; six grandchildren, Jack and Sarah Watton, Will and Colin Watton, Katie Mur­phy and Emily Vincent; a sister and brother-in-law, Marcia and Chuck Eberly; and several nieces and nephews. Marley will be missed by those who knew her and loved her.

Leslie and Peter would like to especially thank The Elms Center in Mil­ford, for their exceptional care and devotion to Mar­ley in her final months of life.

A memorial service will be held on October 17th at 2:00 PM in The Congre­gational Church of Am­herst, 11 Church Street, Amherst, NH. Donations can be made to the Ameri­can Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framing­ham, MA 01701 and the Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash Street, Manches­ter, NH 03104. Arrange­ments are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Mil­ford, NH. To share a mem­ory or offer a condolence, please go to