April 3, 1942 – November 2, 2017
TWIN FALLS — Miriam Eleanor “Mimi” Watson, 75, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2017, of complications from Multiple Sclerosis in the loving arms of her husband. Miriam was born in Denver, Colorado, on April 3, 1942, to William Fielding Macknight and Edith Madeline Smith.
Miriam was an avid horse and sheep women and carried on the traditions of her Scotch-Irish, New England, and Dutch ancestors. She was a homemaker, matriarch, and for years ran a small farm on the Rock Creek Canyon. Miriam was a devout Presbyterian and had a lovely, friendly, nature.
She grew up riding her horse throughout Jerome, Idaho, and with the Heiss family at the Sun Valley ranch, all around Mt Baldy, and over Galena Summit, and around the Clark Miller Guest Ranch. She was in the Girl’s Jerome Riding Club and performed at the Snake River Stampede. Later on, she went on rides with the Thursday Lady Sage Riders, CSI horse classes, cattle drives in the South Hills, and sometimes just her dog in the desert.
Miriam graduated from Jerome High School in 1960. She attended the University of Idaho and worked as a proof reader for the Moscow newspaper. She married Ronald William Watson on September 10, 1962 in Elko, Nevada. Mimi made many sacrifices and helped put her husband and children through college. For a brief time, she was PE Aide for the Harrison Elementary School and always tried to influence the children in a positive way.
Miriam supported her husband by attending several Idaho State High School playoffs, and always praised all the basketball and baseball players at the Twin Falls High School. She attended many garden seed sales trips and conventions, when he became a garden seed broker. Her love for politics found her assisting at the voting booth, and Women’s Republican Conventions.
Mimi was gentle with all creatures great and small. This made her become a 4-H leader working with kids and animals in the Rock Creek Rock Chuck 4-H club and the Builders Club for 10 years. She showed sheep, dogs, and horses and encouraged her kids to follow. She attended the National 4-H Leader Conference and when she returned, taught the rules of parliamentary procedure. She raised a guide dog puppy, which, just by chance was returned to her for a therapy dog. Miriam was always working in her barn, the Saturday livestock sale, hauling birds of prey, or reading books to children at Barnes and Noble in her wheelchair.
Mimi had so much love for her family, when diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at a middle age, she became Amazing Grace (a song she truly loved). She didn’t let it slow her down, travelling to Scotland, and on vacations in McCall while we pushed her wheelchair on the sandy beach. In the mornings, Miriam would go for coffee with her Addison West Restaurant group or friends. She was a pleasure to watch her favorite movies with, the Quiet Man and the African Queen.
She was most brave in her later years, when her disease tested her every day and she would bounce back. For a tomboy girl that had short hair most of her life, she loved brushing her long hair later. Mimi was most happy when brushing a dog, carding a sheep, or combing a horse. Her tulips that she planted when she was able, still blossom every year.
Mimi is survived by her husband of 57 years, Ronald Watson, her children; Randall Watson, Eric Watson, Sydney (Tony) Pfau, and two grandchildren; Mariah Babich and Spenser Pfau.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church, Twin Falls, Idaho, by Pastor Phil Price and under the direction of Rosenau Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Miriam’s name to People for Pets, Twin Falls, Idaho. Family and friends are encouraged to share their memories at www.rosenaufuneralhome.com