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No words are adequate enough to express how much Hilary will be missed. The cutting horse family will not be the same without her. Next week she will be honored by the National Cutting Horse Association by receiving the Mary Kingsbury Sportsman Award. This honor is given to an Amateur every year during The Futurity to an individual who exemplifies the true meaning of ‘sportsmanship’. Hilary was that person. I am honored to have known her and call her my friend.
My deepest condolences to Tom, her family and army of friends.
~ Jan Gandy - December 6, 2019
We will never forget our first introduction to Hils at our home in South Africa in the 1980’s. She was like a breath of fresh air so friendly and vibrant. So honored to have met her and shared many memories. We will never forget you and we offer our sincere condolences to Tom, Kyle, Paige and Ross and all her family members. Rest in Peace Hils and we know God welcomed another Angel into heaven.
Gone, but will never be forgotten by us.
Hugh and Joan Baiocchi
~ Hugh and Joan Baiocchi - December 5, 2019
We extend our sincere condolences and heartfelt sorrow
on the loss of your beloved Hilary.
May the warm embrace of friends and the love of family
give you strength.
Mary, Paul and the Adkins Babies
~ Mary Adkins - December 5, 2019
Sincere sympathies to the Watson family, from Henigan family,Ballybunion.
~ Sighle Henigan - December 5, 2019
Remembered with great affection from the days of Fort Victoria High School, Rhodesia, where I was privileged to be one of her teachers.
Deepest condolences to husband Tom Watson and all the family.
Sleep peacefully lovely Hilary. Mitch Stirling x
~ Mitch Stirling - December 4, 2019
Once you met her, you were part of her life. That's how you were made to feel.
~ Jerry Garrison - December 4, 2019
Tom and family, our deepest sympathy and condolence to you and your lovely family. It was such a joy to get to meet you and Hilary in Houston two yrs ago. Hilary was so much fun to be with, such a sweet lady! She will be truly missed by all. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Much love, The Duffys, Jead, Rollie, Patrick, Connie, Peter, Misha, Aiden, and Emma.
~ Jead&Rollie Duffy - December 4, 2019
Once you met her, you were part of her life. That's how you were made to feel.
~ Jerry Garrison - December 4, 2019
For many of us who work at The Greenbrier resort, we have had the honor and privilege of knowing Hilary.
Always gracious, always positive and always with a smile.
We are pained and saddened for Tom and all her family members for her passing.
Our prayers and condolences to all with the hope that peace and comfort might be found.
Her positive influence on so many here will always be cherished and never forgotten.
~ Robert Harris - December 4, 2019
I first met Hilary while she was being treated in Houston. We were neighbors and both lovers of our dogs. Her dog Sam and mine Finn, would often meet while heading out for our multiple walks throughout the day. Hilary was kind, friendly and aways smiling. We talked about her love of her horses and her competitions. She was very proud of her children and spoke highly Tom.
May you rest in peace. Continue to watch over your family as they will miss you very much.
~ Georgie Coffey - December 4, 2019
My sincere condolences on the loss of your dear wife, Hilary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Tom O'Keeeffe, Ballybunion
~ Tom OKeeffe - December 4, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
I have posted official correspondence from Ballybunion Golf Club which you will receive in due course.
~ Aidan Hanrahan - December 4, 2019
Thoughts and prayers for the family and friends at this time. She will truly be missed
~ Brenda Lipsey - December 4, 2019
Our sincerest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
We wish that your wonderful memories are a source of great comfort to you all.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Graeme, Sonia and Nicol Webster
~ Graeme Webster - December 4, 2019
My deepest condolences. Hillary was such a great person - always upbeat, smiling, and tremendous zest for life no matter the circumstances. She was a true inspiration.
~ Margot Hazell - December 3, 2019
I’ll always remember the expression on your face the first time you rode a cutting horse and worked a cow. You lit up our arena that day and you continued to do so everywhere you traveled and to whom each person you met. I have admired your strength and determination throughout your struggles with your health, never loosing that light in your expression. It became infectious Hils! You lit up an entire industry! You will be so dearly missed.
Rest In Peace dear Hilary.
~ Frank Merrill - December 3, 2019
Hilary had the unique gift of making each one of us cutters feel like a cherished friend. All the good adjectives describe Hilary.
She never gave up the thought of competing in the next big Cutting Event. On October 29th, I rec’ this text from Hils after I sent her a video of one of my open Futurity horses, “ Oh wow, my fav color! Darn it Jo I need a Futurity horse! First Option please!”
However, she was possessive about her horses. I rec’ a text on Oct 30th where she talked about sharing her horses. It said, “I talked tom into going to Waco to show !not sure it was a great idea because he now is going to show Double Cat Flash, my 4 year old , didn’t have the Heart to say no! I’m going to have to explain the non sharing part of cutting??I think it will start with the Futurity!”
Followed by, “ However. There is no sharing of One Alley Cat. That’s non neg! “
What an inspiration Hilary was and forever will be to all of us on how to deal with challenges in our life, whatever it may be.
Tom and family, I will be with you tomorrow in prayer and spirit. God Blessings, Peace, and Comfort I pray for you.
~ Jo Ellard - December 3, 2019
All the veterans of the PGA HOPE Program wish to send their condolences to Tom. He was so gracious in giving his time to the program. Thank you.
~ Rick Schultz - December 3, 2019
Tom and Family,
Our hearts go out to you at this time of great loss, and our prayers are coming your way. We were blessed to get to know Hilary during your visit to Park City for the Seniors Tour event, and will always remember her grace, strength and beauty. She really lit up any room she entered with that magnificent smile and charming style. She's a truly unforgettable lady.
We send our love to your family and lift up our prayers for a peace that passes all understanding to be poured out over all of you.
John & Luann Flanders
~ John & Luann Flanders - December 3, 2019
Hilary, the cuttings won’t be the same without you but we will go on with fond memories of your sportsmanship, competitive yet supportive strength, mega watt smile and we will continue to watch over Tom for you. Godspeed my friend.
~ Deb Mullins - December 3, 2019
Met Hillary in Texas and absolutely adored her openness and smile for me my daughter and husband. She is one of the most memorable people. Ever remember meeting. Treated us like family. Love you Hillary. Thank you.
~ Lynda Scaggs - December 3, 2019
You and Hilary did everything you could
to extend her life and give each of you more time together. She was so Brave and such a Fighter and only God’s plan could eventually win out! We both send our condolences to you and your families, and will remember her for all of the love she gave to you and her friends. All of her accomplishments were second only to the love she gave to all.
Love, Tom & Sharon Pelino
~ Tom & Sharon Pelino - December 3, 2019
We will always look back on Hilary's infectious smile and zest for life no matter the circumstances. She was a true inspiration.
There are some pretty nice horses up there waiting for her to saddle them up and go cut some cows.
Rest In Peace sweet lady.
Mark & Mary.
~ Mark & Mary Michels - December 3, 2019
When I first met Hilary, my nephew Alex introduced her to me at the American Royal. She was one of the most welcoming and gracious people I've ever met. Her enthusiasm for the show, the cutters, and the competition was boundless.
Hilary's passion for life, family, friends, and her horses was immediately evident to anyone who met her. I noticed that first meeting how beautiful she was, but even more so, her great laughter and joyous spirit.
I looked for Hilary in the draws because every show she was competing at a higher level and worked so hard to become a better competitor. She accomplished her goals at a rapid rate.
Hilary was a special, wonderful woman. I admired her greatly.
Even though we only saw each other a few times a year, the quick hugs, the "good lucks", happiness after a good run, or disappointment when one didn't work, those memories I'll treasure. I will miss her dearly and never forget her. Hilary will always have a special place in my heart.
~ Marilyn Jo Franz - December 3, 2019
My deepest condolences to you and your families.
Margot McMillan and kids
~ Margot McMillan - December 3, 2019
Though my wife & I did not have the pleasure of knowing Hilary or personally knowing you. As a PGA Member & great admirers of you...we offer our sincere condolences.
May Hilary’s legacy live on and may you find peace in the days to come.
God bless you!
Timothy & Kimberly Davis
~ Timothy J.& Kimberly A. Davis - December 2, 2019
Tom I'm really sad about your loss she was a beautiful girl, always friendly to me. Sending healing wishes and prayers. Love Disco.
~ Dennis Turning - December 2, 2019
I'm very sorry for your loss. I am a good friend of Neil Oxman, and I met Hilary briefly a couple of times. In listening to Neil talk about her, and in the brief interactions I had with her, it was clear that she was a truly special person. I hope you find comfort in the days ahead in the love of your family and friends, and the knowledge that you and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of many.
~ Will Keyser - December 2, 2019
I remember meeting Hillary at the 2004 Golf Writer's Assoc. awards in Augusta. Our mutual friend Bruce was to attend but couldn't and passed away the next morning. Hillary insisted on providing Billy, Drew and myself tickets for the first round on the Masters before we left for our flights home. She happily took charge and met us with the passes early in the morning. I fondly remember how nice she was and the joy she took in helping us out.
My sincere condolences to Tom and the entire family. Cherish your many memories, may she rest in peace.
~ Gary Crandall - December 2, 2019
We were so saddened by the loss of Hillary. She fought so hard and bravely. She was loved and will be missed by so many. Our sincere condolences to Tom and her family.
~ Shari and Bob Duval - December 2, 2019
You always brightened my days with the everlasting smile and endless energy.
~ Joe and Donna Terry - December 2, 2019
My heart breaks with your passing. God blessed me with a chance meeting to care for you. You sweet heart and inspiration for life will always remain a part of my heart.
My condolences to Tom and her loving family,
~ Sheryl Whitman - December 2, 2019
Hilary was a beautiful friend that has forever touched our hearts and souls. ?? May we all aspire to be more like Hils and live life with zest and compassion.
Christi & Gary Byrd
~ Christi Hart Byrd - December 2, 2019
Ed and I send our sincere condolences to Tom and the Watson families. Hilary lived a full life in a short time. May your memories of the wonderful times you shared help ease your sorrow. Hugs and prayers to you all.
~ Nancy Sneed - December 2, 2019
Hilary’s absolute enthusiasm and love of life and all that embraced will remain with us forever. She will live on in our memories forever.
All our love and condolences to Tom and the family.
“ Say not in sadness she has gone, but with happiness she was “.
~ Mark and Allison McNulty - December 2, 2019
My most favorite memories with Hilary we’re spending time with our kids at High School rodeos. She and Paige were very competitive, yet a very humble soul. She loved everyone and because of that was so respected. You could tell she loved every moment of everyday and our Starbucks trips were fun for her although I was not a fan of their coffee, I would still ride along, lol
You’re so dearly missed my sweet friend. Condolences and hugs to her sweet family from the Davis’.
~ Cruselia (Kris) Davis - December 1, 2019
Shelley and I are so lucky to have been friends with Hilary. We've never met someone with such a passion for life, and a true belief that anything is possible. I have so many wonderful memories with Hilary. Memories filled with a mountain of laughter, and wonderful smiles. I will cherish them always, and only have to think of her smile to to get them all back. Our hearts are filled with sadness, but also gratitude to have known such a wonderful friend.
Our deepest condolences to the Watson family, and all those that loved her. What a gift she was to all that had the privilege of knowing her.
~ Alex and Shelley Franz - December 1, 2019
Hilary was a beautiful friend that has forever touched our hearts and souls. May we all aspire to be more like Hils and live life with zest and compassion.
Christi & Gary Byrd
~ Christi Hart Byrd - December 1, 2019
Hilary’s certainty was always greater than my doubt. My best example of this was when she convinced the gymnastic instructor that I should be on the gymnastics A team, without me ever demonstrating any form of competence!!!!! Long story short Hillary and I were mid inter school competition, we were standing on a high bench ready for the winning manoeuvre, I missed the rope and, well things just went poorly from there.
She even got me into the A tennis team when I struggled the hit a ball. She said all I had to do was get my service in and she would do the rest. We won the tennis trophy for two years in a row. I never could play tennis or do gymnastics, but she never believed me, but she always believed IN me.
My heart is broken for Tom, Kyle, Paige
Ross, her sisters, her friends and my heart is so broken for me.
~ Laryne Miles - December 1, 2019
Our deepest Sympathies,
Hillary ,blessed me with her beautiful friendship. Her hugs and encouragement always came when needed. She was a angel on this earth and I feel so blessed to have met her. We are sending prayers and Hillary hugs to her beautiful family.
Love and Always your friends,
Kate and Ronnie Robinson
~ Kate & Ronnie Robinson - November 30, 2019
Hilary was quite a jokester. Many times I would be there working and she would get on her hands and knees only to sneak around a corner to make scream and jump. I will miss fun times and her beautiful laughter.
~ Dee Upton - November 30, 2019
How I will miss your bright and gracious smile at the horse shows.
You are one of the most beautiful people I have ever known.
~ Jan Newman - November 30, 2019
Mrs. Watson, as I knew her, was an exceptionally kind and welcoming woman. I still recall chatting with her at the Jewel Ball about 15 years ago; her love for her family was apparent in both her words and her radiant smile. I feel lucky to have known her for the small amount of time I did, and I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. Sending the Lucas family's condolences to the Watsons at this difficult time.
~ Alexandra Lucas - November 30, 2019
Hilary was such a strong and confident person. She always made the best of everything. I enjoyed seeing her in Texas and I’m going to miss my friend very much. Hilary was the first person in Orlando who had me over for a family dinner in the early 90,s. You fought until the end and I’m so proud of you. Hilary your strength should be an inspiration to every person.
Rest In Peace my dear friend.
~ Mandy Woodhouse - November 30, 2019
I first met Hillary when she moved to Orlando in 1991. We became close friends and shared many wonderful times together along with our great friend Betty Daly. I will miss her laughter, her love of life , and positive energy. Hillary will always be remembered for the loving person she was. When in her presence she had the ability to make you feel like you were the only person in the room. She was one of a kind. I will miss you dear friend.
~ Victoria Arribas-Logan - November 30, 2019
I have the best memories of Hilary showing cutting horses together, Bunking together in her LQ horsetrailer, She always had her Nespresso machine going. We needed lots of coffee on some of those long horse show days . She become very accomplished very quickly in her cutting horse competitions
Win or Lose she always smiled and had the best attitude. I’m so happy she was able to do what she loved until the very end.
~ Gayle Karanges - November 30, 2019
~ Jack and Barbara Nicklaus
I’ll never forget Hilary’s first time on a stand up paddle board. Tom and I took out a 2-man outrigger canoe and Hils and Ricci took out the boards. Tom & I flipped the canoe and the ladies didn’t fall once. In fact, Hils got so good at paddle boarding that she could literally paddle circles around us. She could do five 360s in place on the board and loved playing with humpback whales and dolphins.
While Hilary loved people, animals were here favorite beings. She got them and they got her. And whales and dolphins showed up whenever she was in the ocean.
One more quickie: I had this remote control helicopter that I was showing off one night when the Watson came to dinner. Hilary could fly that thing like a pro. While Tom and I kept crashing it into the furniture, Hils expertly piloted the craft around the room, over the ceiling fans, and landed it perfectly in the pool table.
Hilary was just about the most real and honest person I have ever known. She had grace and class and was just so at ease in being beautiful.
Love and aloha always...
~ Michael Bonahan - November 30, 2019
Hilary, we shared so many adventures, I have so many memories, 63 years worth!
Your enthusiasm love and energy had no limits!
I will miss you so much!
Cousin Cathy x
~ Catherine painter - November 29, 2019
Definitely a one of a kind! Hil’s was a force to be reckoned with! We all saw that during her fight with cancer. She’s always been a special friend to me and I will forever miss her. Love you my friend! Rest peacefully. ??
~ Jo Beutler - November 29, 2019
She was a very amazing woman and was always a burst of sunshine. Her love for family, friends & animals will be missed.
Matt Phillips Family.
~ Matt Phillips - November 29, 2019
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