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Vonley Jean Watson, 77, of Holden, Missouri, formerly of Kansas City, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg. Vonley was born August 9, 1944 in San Diego, California, the daughter of Vonley Russell Parsons and Jean Alice (Coats) Parsons. She graduated from Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas.

She was united in marriage to Gary Arnold Watson in June of 1964 in Oklahoma.

The couple made their home in Kansas City, Kansas prior to moving to Lansing, Kansas, where she was a security guard at the penitentiary.

Upon Gary’s passing in 1996, Vonley returned to Kansas City, Kansas and was employed at St. Luke’s Hospital.

She moved to Holden in 2008.

Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth Watson (William Kelly) of Holden, MO; and sister, Judith Parsons of Holden, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vonley and Jean; husband, Gary; and her son, Gary.

There will be a private interment at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden. Online condolences may be left at

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