Cyrilla Watson

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Cyrilla Watson, nee Dawe, 76, of Belleville, IL, born April 15, 1947, died Thursday, October 19, 2023, at St. Paul’s Home, Belleville, IL.

Cyrilla was a graduate of Belleville Township High School, class of 1965. Early in her career she worked at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. She also worked as a federal probation officer. Cyrilla later retired as a legal assistant for Henry Bettendorf at Thompson Corburn LLP, after 27 years. Cyrilla was a longtime volunteer at the Belleville Humane Society. She enjoyed taking care of the animals and adopting them. Cyrilla loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cyril G. and Hughella A., nee Taylor, Dawe; and a niece Melissa Dawe.

Surviving are her two sons, Todd A. Watson, and Jeffrey K. (Jan) Watson; two grandchildren, Ellen (Keaton) Gibbs, and Tom Watson; two brothers, Jeffrey H. (Vicki) Dawe, and Kevin A. (Cheryl) Dawe; a nephew, Matt (Deanna) Dawe; and a niece, Lauren Sexton.

Memorials may be made to Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Private family services will be held at a later date.



10 Comments on Cyrilla Watson

Jay Shelton said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2023 at 4:07 PM

I’m so sadden for the passing of your Mother Cyrilla. She was my neighbor for years. I lived across the street from her on Yorker Dr. Jeff, Jan, Ellen, Tom & Todd so sorry for your loss. Your mother Cyrilla was a great friend. We had a lot of laughs together. I could get her laughing so hard. Sometimes laughing for hours. We both loved to go see real estate open houses together. She will be greatly missed. You all will be in my prayers in the days ahead. May Cyrilla forever be in the presents of our Lord Jesus Christ amen. Jay Shelton

  • Belleville
  • iL
Pam Dilworth said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2023 at 4:18 PM

I'm so sorry to hear of Cyrilla's passing. She was a great friend who had the best stories and could get me laughing like nobody else. I'm sure she was greeted in paradise by all the furry friends she had.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Lisa Kennedy said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2023 at 11:51 AM

I worked with Cyrilla for about 8 years at TC. We got along great, and I loved her caustic wit! She will be missed.

  • IL
Brenda Cavins said : Guest Report Oct 27, 2023 at 2:58 PM

I am so saddened to hear of Cyrilla's passing. I have many happy memories filled with laughter throughout her years at TC. It was always heartwarming to hear of her speak of her love of family and furry friends.

  • Trenton
  • Illinois
Rosemary Brunson said : Guest Report Oct 26, 2023 at 3:24 PM

My condolences to all family members. The photo captures her essence, the smile and witty remarks you knew were coming. Cyrilla was a co-worker that I enjoyed sharing time with.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Deborah Giljum said : Guest Report Oct 23, 2023 at 11:29 AM

Cyrilla was always such a sweetheart. She will be missed.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Gerald Cohn said : Guest Report Oct 20, 2023 at 10:47 AM

She was a good friend and I will miss her.

  • Collinsville
  • Illinois
Lynn Pate said : Guest Report Oct 20, 2023 at 10:30 AM

I am sorry to hear this news, and want to offer my sincere condolences and prayers to Cyrilla's family and friends. I knew Cyrilla while working at Thompson Coburn LLP. My memories of her are filled with her laughter and good nature. She was always up for an adventure and a source of encouragement to me. She loved her children and grandchildren and was always eager to share news about them. May she rest in the peace that she so richly deserves, and may family and friends find peace and comfort in knowing that she was loved and appreciated by many.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Bobby Rasp said : Guest Report Oct 20, 2023 at 10:19 AM

Jeff Sorry to hear about the passing of your mom my sympathy to you and Jan

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Jackie Lugge Lauf said : Guest Report Oct 20, 2023 at 4:26 AM

Condolences to the family . We lived a block down from her childhood home on Gass Avenue . May she Rest In Peace Amen

  • Belleville
  • IL

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