LYNCHBURG - Loretta Shawiak Watson passed away peacefully at the age of 74 on Monday, May 25, 2020, at her son's home in Gastonia, North Carolina.

Born on Dec. 26, 1945, in Rockville Centre, New York, Loretta was a daughter of the late Michael Sr. and Josephine Servetnik Shawiak. Loretta was an active member of Floyd's Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church in Lake City, where she served in numerous capacities. She enjoyed art, music and crafts. Most of all, she loved and cherished her family.

Besides her parents, Loretta was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 41 years, Stanley Watson; a son, Marcus John Watson; and a brother, Michael Shawiak.

Survivors include her sons, Jody Jay Watson, Jereme Joe Watson (Mallory) and Seth Silas Watson (Julie); grandchildren, Danielle, Hien, Hannah, Kayleigh, Erin, Raelyn, Ella, Lauren, Brelee and Braylon; great-grandchildren, AJ, Olivia and Oliver; daughter-in-law, Theresa Watson; and a sister, Linda Shawiak.

Following a private family service, friends are invited to visit with the family from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia.

A public celebration of life will be held at Floyd's Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church in Lake City at a later date, which will be announced by the family.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.mcleanfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the Watson family requests contributions in memory of Loretta be sent to Floyd's Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1840 New Zion Road, Lake City, SC 29560.

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Watson family.