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Olevia Watson

July 31, 1922 ~ February 27, 2022 (age 99)


Olevia Haley Cable Watson, 99 (and a half), passed away in the early morning hours of February 27, 2022, at Horizons Living & Rehab Center  in Brunswick, after a period of declining health.  Born in Dover, NH on July 31, 1922, she was the second child, and only daughter, of Lawrence and Cassie (Hall) Haley.

Olevia grew up in Barrington, NH where she attended local schools.  She graduated from Dover High School in 1940, and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1944.

After graduating, she moved to Boston to begin a long career in retail, working at Conrad’s Department Store.  She moved to New York City in 1951, where she worked in the accounting department at Stern Brothers.  It was there she met her first husband, George Cable, Jr.

Olevia and George were married on August 8, 1953 in Barrington, NH, and the couple moved to Tappan, NY where they raised dachshunds, and where their two daughters were born; Ann in 1955 and Betsy in 1958.  

Having had a love of Maine, where they had honeymooned on Monhegan Island, they loaded up their family and moved to Newcastle, Maine in 1961.  It was there they opened Cable’s Gift Shop, located in the converted 3-car garage of their brick house on the River Road.

After George passed away in 1976, Olevia continued the business with her daughters when they were home during college breaks and summers.  She would marry James Watson on January 8, 1982, and in 1983 she closed the shop to spend time fishing and traveling with Jim.

Cable’s Gift Shop may have closed, but that didn’t mean Olevia slowed down.  In her “retirement” she continued to work and volunteer.  She worked at Lilac Cottage, and volunteered at Skidompaha Library regularly, even doing so after her 99th birthday.  

She loved cooking, knitting, traveling, playing bridge, and listening to her granddaughter Haley’s music. She was very active in the Girl Scouts, both locally and on the state level, as well as AFS through Lincoln Academy and on the state level.  She taught Sunday School at the Second Congregational Church of Newcastle, was on the boards of the Lincoln Home and the local adult education program, and was a member of the Newcastle Garden Club.

Besides her parents and both husbands, she was predeceased by her brother, Waldron Haley and his wife Grace McDaniel Haley; sister-in-law, Nancy Cable Burns and her husband Herbert A. Burns; and step-son, James Birger Watson.

Olevia is survived by her daughters, Ann Cable McFarland and her husband Alden of South Bristol, and Elizabeth “Betsy” Graves and her husband Samuel of Walpole; granddaughter, Haley H. Graves of Seattle, Washington; step-daugher-in-law, Marlene Ivy Watson; step-grandchildren, Erica McFarland Mathews, husband David and their son Wyatt; Alison McFarland Bennett, husband David and their sons Brock and Kyle; Colin Watson and son James; Anna Watson and fiance Kristian and son Raiden; Lili Watson; and Angus Watson.  She leaves her nieces and nephews, Lawrence Haley and partner Dan Hart, Donetta Haley, Alan Haley, James Haley and wife Carina and their child Joey, and Vanessa Haley Rizzo and husband Mark Rizzo and their children Dan and Liana.  She also leaves a number of second cousins and their families; as well as her partner in crime, Alice Palmer Scott and dear friend Peter Coffin.

Olevia’s family would like to wholeheartedly thank the staff of Schooner Cove, Cove’s Edge, Chase Point, Horizons Living & Rehab Center and Beacon Hospice, for their wonderful care of Olevia the past several years.

There will be a celebration of Olevia’s life, on what would be her 100th birthday, Sunday, July 31st at the 1812 Farm in Bristol.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Skidompha Public Library, PO Box 70, Damariscotta, ME 04543; Newcastle Fire Company, PO Box 270, Newcastle, ME 04553;; or the Salvation Army, 615 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543.  Condolences, and messages for her family, may be expressed by visiting:


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Bristol, ME 04539

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