Estelle Watson, a former longtime resident of Darien, died peacefully, surrounded by family members, at her home in Shelburne, Vermont on August 3rd at the age of 98. She was predeceased by her son David Watson in 2005 and by her husband, George Weston Watson, in 2008. She is survived by daughter Susan Watson of Yonkers, New York; daughter Kathy Neilsen of Burlington, Vermont; son Steven Watson of Hong Kong; her two daughters-in-law, Luci Watson and Barbara Watson; son-in-law Bill Nielsen and nine grandchildren.

Watson was the daughter of Roy Milton Taylor and Katharine Hall Taylor. Born in 1916 in Massachusetts, she graduated from Connecticut College (then the Connecticut College for Women) in 1937. With the outbreak of World War II she felt the need to serve her country and became a riveter in an airplane factory in New Jersey. Later in the war she joined the US Navy and was assigned to the cryptography department of the newly built Pentagon, working under Admiral Byrd. A highlight of that job was delivering decoded messages to the White House late at night and being allowed coffee and sandwiches in the White House kitchen.

She married West Watson soon after the war and they moved to Darien in 1949; the town would be her home for more than 60 years. Having raised a family, she became a teacher at Magrath School in Norwalk in the 1960s and later went on to start her own successful estate sale business, which she ran for three decades.

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Watson lived for a time at Atria Assisted Living in Darien, subsequently relocated to live with her daughter Susan in Yonkers and then moved early this year to the Arbors, a senior living center in Vermont.

Mrs. Watson’s family expects to hold a private memorial service in her honor later this year at the much loved home that she and her husband built on Cape Cod.