Joan Watson, Episcopal priest

Joan R. Watson
Joan R. Watson
Posted: October 05, 2013

The Rev. Joan R. Watson, 77, formerly of Medford, an Episcopal priest, died of metastatic melanoma Wednesday, Sept. 25, at her daughter's home in Alpharetta, Ga.

Rev. Watson was rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Pemberton for more than 20 years until she retired in 2006.

Born in Runnemede, Rev. Watson graduated from Audubon High School in 1953 and earned a bachelor's degree in business and social work.

She then earned a master's in social work at the University of Pennsylvania and a master's of divinity at the General Theological Seminary in New York, daughter Sue Hamilton said.

Rev. Watson was ordained on Oct. 1, 1985, and served at St. Bartholomew's Church in Cherry Hill before her stay at Pemberton.

With her late husband, Irving Lippe, a longtime teacher at Audubon, she owned the Keg Root Beer Stand, on the Black Horse Pike near Howell Avenue in West Collingswood Heights, for 17 years.

Before entering the seminary, she ran her own firm, Marlton Counseling in Marlton. After retiring from Grace, she was a substitute priest for parishes in New Jersey and Florida.

Besides her daughter, Rev. Watson is survived by sons Ronald and Jeffrey Lippe, a brother, and 10 grandchildren.

A funeral service was set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church, 413 W. Evesham Rd., Magnolia.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Rd., Cherry Hill, N.J. 08034.

Condolences may be offered at www.gardnerfuneralhome.com.


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