Sarah Esther Watson, 41, of Port Byron, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, in Iowa City. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private family service will be held by Sarah’s family. Sarah’s wishes were honored by becoming an organ donor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the education fund for Sarah’s sons, Drew and Alex, in her memory. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sarah Esther Watson, 41, of Port Byron, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, in Iowa City. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private family service will be held by Sarah’s family. Sarah’s wishes were honored by becoming an organ donor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the education fund for Sarah’s sons, Drew and Alex, in her memory. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sarah was born June 23, 1976, in Moline, the daughter of Chuck and Mary (Ward) Williamsen. She graduated from J.D. Darnall High School in the Class of 1994. Sarah attended Augustana College, in Rock Island, and graduated in 1999. Sarah had been employed at Project Now Head Start of the Quad Cities as an assistant teacher, teaching at several Quad City locations. She was a past library board member of the River Valley District Library, in Port Byron. Sarah taught Vacation Bible School at the Messiah Lutheran Church, in Port Byron. Most of all, Sarah loved being a mother. She also loved helping other children at Project Now Head Start. Sarah also was involved in many other organizations, as well as being a member of the Heritage Church, in Rock Island.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Scott Watson; sons, Drew Williamsen Watson and Alex Lewis Williamsen Watson; her parents, Chuck and Mary Williamsen; her brother, Matt (Amber) Williamsen, of Geneseo; and four nieces and nephews; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Winford and Frances Ward and Charles and Mary Williamsen; and her aunt, Jane Dericx.