Laurel Watson

laurel watson
Laurel Watson, 65, of Harwood, North Dakota passed away peacefully on November 7, 2018, at Essentia Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota with her family by her side. Laurel Ann Gronland was born on June 23, 1953, in Fargo, to Gordon and Evelyn Gronland. She graduated from Fargo North High School in 1971 and briefly attended Interstate Business College. On March 14, 1975, Laurel married Richard "Dick" Watson at Peace Lutheran Church in Fargo. They made their home in Harwood. They were blessed with one daughter, Samantha, who was the light of Laurel's life, her pride and joy, and her very best friend. Over the years, Laurel was employed in various secretarial positions at several businesses in Fargo. She worked for Pioneer Mutual Life Insurance Company for 19 years as a graphic artist, support services coordinator, and new business specialist. It was there that she formed many lasting friendships. When Pioneer Mutual closed in 2009, Laurel began working as a service representative for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, where she was employed until her retirement in July 2015. Following her retirement, she worked for a short time as a paraprofessional at Eastwood Elementary School. Those who were blessed to know Laurel were witnesses to her incredible strength and tireless work ethic. She had an immense love for her family, and her greatest moments were spent with them. Laurel enjoyed reading, cross-stitching, and spending summers at the family lake cabin on Lake Maud. Laurel is survived by her loving husband, Dick, of Harwood; daughter, Samantha (Grant) Christian, of Harwood; siblings, Paula (Dennis) Graff, of Detroit Lakes, MN; Holly LaChance (Andy Ferguson), of Lake Jackson, TX; and Gregory (Cathy) Gronland, of Alexandria, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her faithful golden retriever, Josie; her "grandpuppy," Finley; and her pesky but loyal cats. Laurel was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Evelyn Gronland; and her niece, Tara Kellar. VISITATION: 5-7 PM Monday, November 12 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo and 1-2 PM on Tuesday, November 13 PRAYER SERVICE: 7PM Monday, November 12 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. MEMORIAL SERVICE: 2PM Tuesday, November 13 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. I pray your special memories of Laurel will give you comfort now and in the days ahead.

  2. Dick and Samantha, so sorry for Laurels’ passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you both.
    Dave and Cheryl Olson
    Duluth, Mn

  3. Dick and Samantha,

    I wish I could be there with you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family.

  4. I’m so sorry to see this… Laurel was my supervisor at Pioneer Mutual in the distant past. She was one of the best. A hard worker, kind, caring and taught me well during my time there. Praying happy memories help you through this heartbreaking time. ~ Shannon Oye

  5. Dick & family so very sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  6. So sorry that I will not be able to be there for her celebration. Laurel was a wonderful person. She will be missed. Lots of love to her whole family.

  7. I’m so sorry to hear of Laurels passing. I worked with her at Blue Shield…such a pleasure to work with….my heart goes out to you

  8. This saddens us so much! When I think of Laurel she always was smiling or laughing. She was so kind and it was so obvious how she loved and adored Dick, Sammy, and her fur babies. She was so happy when Sam was married and proud of her son in law. Our hearts are with you during this difficult time! Pat, cheryl, Katie and Sam

  9. It is with sad hearts that we learned of the passing of your beloved wife and mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We hope that the many loving memories of Laurel will sustain you as God wraps you in His loving arms.

  10. Sorry to hear about the death of your of your wife,Dick. Our sympathy to you and your daughter. We are at our home in Florida so unable to attend funeral, but our thoughts are with you and family.

  11. May Laurel Rest In Peace and may God wrap his arms around your family ! Your in my prayers💕 I live down the beach from you and Lake Maud

  12. Words can’t express our deepest sympathy for you. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Rely on one another in this time of sorrow.

  13. Greg and family, I was sad to hear about Laurel’s passing. How fortunate her family was with her. Prayers to all of you during this difficult time.

  14. Dick and family, my deepest condolences to you for the passing of Laurel. I’ll have you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and God Bless.

  15. My sincere condolences to your family Dick. Take care. I did not know Laurel, but worked with you at NIC. Wishing your family the best.

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