Tellia Ann Watson died on January 24, 2023 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was sixty-nine years old.
Tellia is survived by her husband, Matt; sons Brad (and wife Heidi) and Kevin (and wife Melissa);
grandchildren Bethany, James, Eden, Henry, George, and Thomas; and siblings Susan Cherry
and Roger Hennington.
Born in Wichita, KS, in the Wesley Hospital, Tellia moved many times throughout her childhood.
Tellia graduated from Memorial High School (Tulsa, OK) in 1971. She graduated summa cum
laude from Monmouth College in 1977. Tellia Watson was a devoted wife and mother. She was
married to Matt for 51 years. She regularly said that being a mother was her most important
job, which was evident in the ways she prioritized her family throughout her sons’ childhoods.
She was also a constant and steadfast source of support and strength for Brad and Kevin and
Tellia was a committed disciple of Jesus Christ. She was a member of Asbury Church in Tulsa. An
avid reader in general, she spent time reading the Bible and other devotional material daily.
Tellia also enjoyed playing board games and card games, particularly with her grandchildren.
Named “Nani” by her grandkids, she was most comfortable in the role of gracious loser and
delighted in seeing them win. She beamed doing anything with her grandkids and smiled when
hearing about them even in her last days.
Tellia Watson is preceded in death by Willard Mack Hennington (father), Lanora Frances Miner
Hennington (mother), and David Hennington (brother). A celebration of Tellia’s life will be held
at 10am on February 3 at Asbury Church, 6767 S. Mingo Road, Tulsa, OK 74133.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any charitable donations be given to Asbury Church:
Alan J Morrison said:
In my prayers, Brother!
Frank Richard Coats said:
div dir=”ltr”>Blessings to you all
Jennifer Younge said:
I already miss Tellia so much. She was such a wonderful aunt. Mom frequently called me Tellia my whole life. I always felt honored by the comparison. I will always cherish the holidays and shopping sprees. It means so much to me how she loved my own girls like her own. They loved going to Tulsa and playing games and eating candy with her.
My heart hurts, but I know she is with God. And no lounger in pain.
James A Sherling said:
So sorry for your loss, Kevin. Prayers to you and your family.
Kwansoo Lee said:
Kevin. Sorry for your grief. I pray for you and your family.
Ed and Sue Bateman said:
To Tellia’s family… our prayers are with you all as you gather to celebrate her life. As neighbors, we always looked forward to seeing Tellia and Matt come by walking their little dog. So grateful to call them friends. May the Lord’s peace and comfort surround you in the days ahead. Ed and Sue
Rev. 'Debo Onabanjo said:
Dear Dr. Watson,
div>Greetings and please accept my deepest condolences
joy j moore said:
My condolences. Joining in prayer as you mourn your loss and celebrate the gift of her life.
Janet Theis said:
I am so sorry for your loss. Tellia was my friend in Tulsa. When my son passed, I left Tulsa in 2017. Tellia kept in touch with me ever since. I loved hearing about your family and her grandchildren. She was so proud of all of you. We shared pictures and memories of our families. She was such a good friend and I will miss her so much. God bless all of you. 🙏🏻