Anna Mae was born in Ellwood City, PA to parents Joseph and Mary Watterson, and her late husband, Wayne, was born in Hookstown, PA to parents Clifford and Martha Hall. While their lives started out in different places, they met roller-skating in the 1950s, and came together in Christ being wed March 7, 1957 in West Virginia. They celebrated 52 years of marriage.
Mom, Grandma, wife, and friend was who Anna Mae was. She loved all the kids she came across throughout her life. She always said, “There’s room for one more!” She adored her husband, Wayne; and, she was extremely proud of all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She grew up in Ellwood City, PA, but she always loved to reminisce about her follies of summers in Ikeytown and West Monteray working on the family farm. She was a life-long member of First United Methodist Church of Ellwood City where she loved to worship with her husband, work in the soup kitchen (something started by her father), and work with the Apple Dumpling Gang. She volunteered her time in many other groups throughout the community such as being a den mother, a band parent, and the “Cookie Lady” at Vacation Bible School. While her husband could spin a yarn, Anna Mae certainly held her own and had many stories to tell. Whether it was the time she raced a young kid down Lawrence Avenue (winning, of course!), riding her black and gold Harley throughout alleyways of Ellwood, or the time that her brothers took her down to the drag strip and race cars and win, Anna Mae always had an incredible story to tell. After her Alzheimer’s diagnosis became more pronounced, Anna Mae never lost her sense of humor, her ability to tell you a story, or her love for her family. She would tell the most fascinating stories from raising birds with her dad, to large Pterodactyls flying in the sky. She would tell you stories and have you laugh along with her. She loved, more than anything else, making others feel loved and a part of the family. She always told you how much she loved you, and if you were really lucky, she would tell you, “I love you. You’re a good one!” Like her husband, Anna Mae had her share of sayings that are good philosophies to live by. She would tell us: “You need to wake up every day with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.” In these trying times, her words ring true. Our family is incredibly thankful for her life lessons.
She and her husband loved going to the fairs together, dressing up for Halloween in their famous couples’ costumes, and boy, could they cut a rug on the dance floor! They decorated their house every year for Christmas, and the family always gathered together to celebrate. Papa ran the train around the tree to distract the grandkids from the cookies and pie Grandma was cooking in the kitchen. If this shows us anything, it is that love and family are the most important things that we must hang onto-and hang onto dearly. Live life to the fullest with a loving family, a faith in God, and just simply, do your best.
Anna Mae passed away on December 12, 2020, and Wayne passed away in October 2009. They are together now on their next journey. Anna is survived by sisters Mary Lou (Harry) Doughty and Betty Jean Watterson. Four children Wayne (Judy) Hall II, Debra Hall (Dan Cogley), Barbara (David) Chewning, and James (Lori) Hall. Several grandchildren: Wayne III, Travis and Tyrel Hall; Michael and Brandon Farah, Elizabeth and Bucky Coder, Aaron and Michele Maier, Craig and Christopher Chewning; Austin (fiancée Ashley Mojica Torres) Hall and Ashley Shannon Hall. And, 3 great-grandchildren: Keaton Hall, Jackson Hall, and Lucas Maier. Also, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents and husband, Anna Mae was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Bill, Jake, Chuck Watterson and son-inlaw James Maier.
Thank you to the Amazing Teams at Northview Estates and Kindred Hospice. You have given us comfort knowing you cared for Anna Mae as your own family. Your staffs have become part of the family, and as Anna Mae would say “I Love You! You’re a Good One!”
Marshall Funeral Home will handle all the arrangements for a private service due to the COVID protocols.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Alzheimer Association, the American Cancer Society or the First United Methodist Church of Ellwood City.
Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.