OBITUARY: One-year-old Payton Kathleen Watson of Melbourne dies unexpectedly

Whether it was a play date, a Sunday dinner or visiting family, Payton enjoyed being with those who loved him.

With the deepest sorrow, we announce that Payton Kathleen Watson, our beloved daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend left this world unexpectedly on January 27, 2022. She was born in Melbourne, Florida on July 12, 2020 to Tim and Jessica Watson.

When you think of Payton, celebrate the fond memories you have of her.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – With the deepest sorrow, we announce that Payton Kathleen Watson, our beloved daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend left this world unexpectedly on January 27, 2022. She was born in Melbourne, Florida on July 12, 2020 to Tim and Jessica Watson.

Whether it was a play date, a Sunday dinner, or a visit from family, Payton enjoyed being with those who loved him. She loved learning to play the piano, reading books, throwing a frisbee or ball, boats, and being outside in nature.

She was drawn to animals and flowers and shared her joy with those around her. Payton inspired us to live in the moment and cherish the simpler things in life. We’ll always remember her infectious smile often inspired by her furry brethren Murphy and Parker, and her strawberry blonde hair that was either wild headboards or soft, soft curls.

She could be shy and a little stubborn at times, but when you finally got to know her, she revealed her caring personality. His presence in our lives will be greatly missed.

When you think of Payton, celebrate the fond memories you have of her. Remember that life is fragile and short and should be lived to the full.

Payton was predeceased by her great-grandmothers (maternal) Kathleen Tuten and (paternal) Mary Hughes; great-grandfather (paternal) Jerome Watson; and Aunt Kimberly Tuten.

She is survived by her parents Tim & Jessica Watson; grandparents Keith & Debbie Tuten and Jerry & Kathleen Watson; great-grandmother Pat Watson; great-grandfathers Robert Tuten and William Hughes (recently deceased); many aunts and uncles and countless cousins.

She loved spending time bird watching and interacting with chickens, ducks and horses with her cousin Rachel and will miss the hugs from her friends Briana, Lauren and Uncle Dax.

Brownlie Maxwell Funeral Home has been entrusted with their funeral arrangements. A memorial service will be held in the sanctuary of Suntree United Methodist Church, 7400 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 11 a.m.

The family invites everyone who knew Payton to attend to celebrate his life. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, Payton’s family would appreciate donations in her name to the Town of Grant Valkaria for the construction of a toddler play set in the community park.

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