Dottie Watson, long-time Mundelein museum curator, died Thursday

Dottie Watson, long-time Mundelein museum curator, died Thursday

Longtime Mundelein resident Dorothy “Dottie” Watson is being remembered for her love of history and her patriotic spirit.

The curator and president of Mundelein’s Fort Hill Heritage Museum, Watson was a fixture at the village’s annual Independence Day gathering there. She could be seen each year in an eye-catching, colonial-style, red, white and blue dress.

“Each year she had a Navy band, several speakers and then a picnic with fried chicken,” Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz said. “It seemed like an event from 100 years ago.”

Watson, 85, died Thursday at a Lincolnshire rehabilitation center. She had been in declining health.

Born in downstate Cairo, Watson graduated from Hyde Park High School in Chicago and then from a business college.

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