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.