Born in Octa, Mo., on June 23, 1924, she was the daughter of the late W.E. and Willie Pratt Oliver Watson. On April 5, 1947, she was united in marriage to M.J. Reaves, who preceded her in death on Dec. 18, 2009.
Also preceding her in death were one son, Charles Reaves; an infant grandson; two sisters, Dean Belew and Joann Yates; and one brother, Curtis Watson.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Larry Burchfield and Becky and Ralph Bennett, all of Searcy, and Linda and Robert Crossett of Bartlett, Tenn.; one daughter-in-law, Pat Reaves; two sisters, Venita Woods and Terry Hudgens; one brother, Paul Watson and wife, Ann; seven grandchildren, Leanne (Jeremy) Burchfield Pumphrey of Conway, Ark., Chad (Heather) Burchfield, Mallory Bennett and Marlee Bennett, all of Searcy, Matt (Kelly) Reaves and Sarah Reaves of Nashville, Tenn. and Juliana Crossett of Bartlett, Tenn.; and five great-grandchildren, Michael, Joseph and Abbey Burchfield of Searcy and Lauren and Caroline Pumphrey of Conway.
Visitation was held on Monday, July 19, at the Bradshaw Funeral Home in Malden. Funeral services followed immediately in the funeral home chapel with Kevin Lawrence officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery at Malden.