Stephanie Carol Watson, 48, of Swan Quarter and most recently of Raleigh, died on Dec. 7. She was born in Newport News, Virginia, on Oct. 5, 1973, to Ed and Linda Watson and grew up surrounded by her family and friends in the Swan Quarter and Fairfield communities in Hyde County.
Stephanie had a love of life, a joy and a laughter that touched each person she came into contact with in her short and beautiful life. Stephanie went above and beyond to show all of those that she came into contact with love and to give a helping hand to anyone in need at every opportunity.
She was most importantly a dedicated mother to her sons and a caregiver to so many. Her sons and her grandson were her greatest sources of joy and accomplishment. The doors to her home and her heart were always open and she served as a second mother and dedicated friend to so many that needed her. Her home was a place of refuge and love. Stephanie gave unselfishly, practiced kind deeds every day and was always a rock that those around her rested upon.
Stephanie graduated from Mattamuskeet High School in 1991 and went on to Bauder College in Atlanta. She moved to Raleigh after college, eventually returning home to Swan Quarter and had most recently found happiness again in Raleigh. She touched so many lives in each place she resided and leaves many friends in every place she called home.
A celebration of life will be held for Stephanie on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. at Swan Quarter Community Park, 56 Landing Road. Pastor Mike Wheeler will officiate. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
Stephanie is survived by her son Tyius Watson of Swan Quarter and his companion Shiann Thompson; her son Edward Credle of Swan Quarter and most recently of Raleigh; her mother and father, Ed and Linda Watson of Swan Quarter; a grandson Jayce Williams; her brother Sam Watson of Swan Quarter; her grandfather Earl Carawan of Fairfield. Stephanie is also survived by a network of extended family and beloved cousins.
Stephanie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Hoover and Ernestine Cuthrell of Swan Quarter and grandmother Myrt Carawan of Fairfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Edward Credle, her youngest son, as he finds his way through this world. Those contributions can be made at First National Bank, 80 Main St, Swan Quarter, NC 27885.