WATSON, Mildred (Conover)

Monday, November 12, 2012


Mildred Conover died November 12, 2012 at 84 years of age.


She was born to William and Una Conover in Ponca City, OK, April 25, 1928 and grew up in Bartlesville, OK.


She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Ben; a son William Bennett Watson; a daughter Gael Penoi Watson; her sisters Shirley Weiss and Mary Conover; and her brother William Conover. She is survived by her three daughters and their families: Katie Watson Van Saun and her husband, Bruce, of Ridgewood, NJ and their children Atlee, Emily and Miles; Andele Watson Borkowski, her husband, Arthur "Chip", of Glen Ellyn, IL and their children Bennett, Phoebe and Teddy; Amanda Watson of Lexington, KY and her children Alexis and Spencer Shull. She graduated from the Oklahoma College for Women where she earned a bachelor's degree in biology.


She also attended Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans where she earned her masters degree in zoology and met her future husband. In 1962 they moved to Lexington where they lived for the next fifty years. While raising her four daughters she worked tirelessly for the community by volunteering her many talents to a variety of organizations. She was a devoted Girl Scout whose passion and knowledge of everything outdoors made her a natural leader at the Brownie, Junior, Cadet and Senior levels. This brought her and the generation of girls she inspired years of joy.


She eventually became the president of the Wilderness Road Girl Scout Council. In 1999 she was honored by The Junior League as one of the 75 Outstanding Women in Lexington. She was president of the International Book Project and of the Lexington Ballet Company where she also sewed costumes for several productions. Mildred was the president of two PTAs and the president of the Council of PTAs. The Lexington Philharmonic, The Philharmonic Guild and the Volunteer Center of the Bluegrass all benefited from her efforts as a volunteer. She was an avid reader, a gifted seamstress and an accomplished cook and cellist.


Funeral services will be Saturday, November 17, 3pm, Christ Church Cathedral. Memorials can be made to the International Book Project, 1440 Delaware Ave., Lexington, KY 40505 and to Christ Church Cathedral Music Fund, 166 Market St., Lexington, KY 40507. www.milwardfuneral.com.