Mary Louise Trevino Watson, 95, was born on the family farm in Apache, Oklahoma, on January 26, 1925, to Felix Valdez Trevino and Louise (Luisa) Roach, a member of the Comanche Tribe. She was a great-granddaughter of Comanche Chief, Tabananica.
Mary Louise graduated from Fletcher High School and earned her B.S. degree at Central State College, now University of Central Oklahoma. She worked as a Laboratory Scientist for many years and loved what she did. In 1959, she married Harold Leon Watson, Jr. and they remained married for 54 years, until Harold's death in 2013. They raised three daughters, Martha Claire Anderson, Phyllis Christine Watson (deceased) and Barbara Cheryl Fields (husband, Bryan S. Fields).
Mary Louise loved to draw, sew and sing. She was generous to a fault, often giving away her winter coats and clothing to housekeeping staff at the malls or to needy neighbors. She loved helping people and continued to do so even after moving to Via Cristi Nursing Home in 2013, where she frequently helped the aides set up for crafts. Mary Louise loved to knit and belonged to the knitting group at Via Cristi. She knitted for donations and knitted for her children and grandchildren throughout 2019. She knew all of the staff members of Via Cristi by name, asked often about their family members and loved looking at their family photos. Mary Louise was instinctively funny, though she never intentionally tried to make people laugh. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.
Mary Louise was preceded in death by her sisters, Celia Badillo, Tommie Trevino, Irene Nievez, Rose Castillo and Tommie Maez, also by her brothers Felix Trevino, Jr., Richard and Robert Trevino. She is survived by her daughters, Martha and Barbara, by her grandchildren, Ben, Will and Sam Anderson, Thomas, Katie and Betsy Fields, by her sister, Ana Marie Milligan and brothers, Ben, Martin, and Michael Trevino, and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, whom she loved very much.
Viewing for Mary Louise will begin Tuesday, June 2 at 1:00 p.m. at Resthaven Funeral Home, followed by a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. at Resthaven Chapel. A Mass for Christian Burial will be held for her at St. Joseph's Old Cathedral on Wednesday, June 3, at 10:00 a.m., followed by internment at Resthaven Cemetary. We would like to limit the Rosary to 30 people and limit the Mass to 50 for COVID-19 health precautions. Please feel free to bring a face mask. Also, if you feel uncomfortable attending any part of these services due to concerns over COVID-19, we will certainly understand.