– Obituary: Olevia (Haley) Cable Watson

Olevia (Haley) Cable Watson

DAMARISCOTTA – Olevia (Haley) Cable Watson, 99 (and a half), died in the early morning hours of February 27, 2022, at Horizons Living and Rehab Center in Brunswick, after a period of declining health. Born in Dover, NH on July 31, 1922, she was the second child and only daughter of Lawrence and Cassie (Hall) Haley. Olevia grew up in Barrington, NH where she attended local schools. She graduated from Dover High School in 1940 and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1944. After graduation, she moved to Boston to begin a long career in retail, working at the department store Konrad. She moved to New York in 1951, where she worked in the accounting department of Stern Brothers. It was there that she met her first husband, George Cable Jr. Olevia and George were married on August 8, 1953 in Barrington, NH, and the couple moved to Tappan, NY where they raised dachshunds, and where their two daughters were born, Ann in 1955 and Betsy in 1958. Having had a love for Maine, where they had honeymooned on Monhegan Island, they took care of their family and moved to Newcastle in 1961. It was there that they opened Cable’s gift shop, located in the converted three-car garage of their brick home on River Road. After George’s death in 1976, Olevia continued the business with her daughters when they were home during college vacations and summers. She would marry James Watson on January 8, 1982, and in 1983 she would close the shop to spend time fishing and traveling with Jim. Cable’s gift shop may have closed, but that doesn’t mean Olevia has slowed down. During her “retirement”, she continued to work and volunteer. She worked at Lilac Cottage and regularly volunteered at the Skidompaha library, even after her 99th birthday. She loved to cook, knit, travel, play bridge and listen to her granddaughter Haley’s music. She was very active in Girl Scouts, both locally and at the state level, as well as AFS through Lincoln Academy and at the state level. She taught Sunday School at Newcastle’s Second Congregational Church, served on the boards of Lincoln Home and the local adult education program, and was a member of the Newcastle Garden Club. Besides her parents and her two husbands, she was predeceased by her brother, Waldron Haley and his wife Grace McDaniel Haley, her sister-in-law, Nancy Cable Burns and her husband Herbert A. Burns; and his stepson, James Birger Watson. Olevia is survived by her daughters Ann Cable McFarland and her husband Alden of South Bristol, and Elizabeth “Betsy” Graves and her husband Samuel of Walpole; granddaughter, Haley H. Graves of Seattle, Washington; daughter-in-law, Marlene Ivy Watson; step-grandchildren Erica McFarland Mathews, her husband David and their son Wyatt; Alison McFarland Bennett, her husband David and their sons Brock and Kyle; Colin Watson and his son James; Anna Watson and her fiancé Kristian and son Raiden; Lili Watson; and Angus Watson. She leaves her nieces and nephews Lawrence Haley and her partner Dan Hart, Donetta Haley, Alan Haley; James Haley and his wife Carina and their child Joey; and Vanessa Haley Rizzo and her husband Mark Rizzo and their children Dan and Liana. She also leaves a number of first cousins ​​and their families; as well as his partner in crime, Alice Palmer Scott and dear friend, Peter Coffin. Olevia’s family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Schooner Cove, Cove’s Edge, Chase Point, Horizons Living and Rehab Center and Beacon Hospice, for the wonderful care provided to Olevia over the past few years. There will be a celebration of Olevia’s life, on what would be her 100th birthday, on Sunday July 31 at the 1812 Farm in Bristol. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Condolences and messages for his family may be expressed by visiting: http://www.StrongHancock.com.In in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Skidompha Public Library, PO Box 70, Damariscotta, ME 04543; Newcastle Fire Company, PO Box 270, Newcastle, ME 04553; or The Salvation Army, 615 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314

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