- June 21, 1930 - March 22, 2015
- San Antonio, Texas
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1 of 9 | Posted by: FLOY BETH SHELTON HILER
“I learned so very much when I was a physical therapy student under Jane at the CP Center - what an inspiration! She demonstrated her love of children...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Diane Doehne Rath
“"Miss Jane" was my physical therapist at the Cerebral Palsy Treatment Center in the 1960's. She would always make me laugh. When I would tell her I...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Carolyn Scheel Shepherd
“I don't remember how I met Jane. I just always knew her because of the PT service she provided to disabled children. When I came into a position in...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Sunny Stephens - Poteet, TX
“Although I am the age her older brother Joe was (we graduated together) I remember Jane well, always on her horse. The Watson family was admirable...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: A friend
“I am so sorry to learn of Jane's death. I worked with her at United Cerebral Palsy the first couple of years she was out of the Army and learned to...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Patsy Cheyney - San Antonio, TX
“I'm so sorry for your loss. May you have peace and comfort during this time. Acts24 : 15
7 of 9 | Posted by: A friend
“Jane has always been ny inspiration as a physical therapist. My first REAL job was at the Cerebral Palsy Treatment Center. Jane, along with Mo...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Linda Leininger
“Dear Sarah Jane,
Being a part of you life for many years has been a privilege and a pleasure. You greeted me with a warm smile that gave me a sense...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Ann
Sarah "Jane" Watson of San Antonio died Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the age of 84. She was born June 21, 1930, the fifth child and only daughter of A.J. and Annie Watson.
Jane grew up in Pearsall, Texas, where she developed a love for horses, and when she got a horse of her own - a retired quarter horse from her aunt and uncle's cattle ranch - she rode it through town every day, so everyone in Pearsall knew her. She also competed in barrel racing, but never won because she refused to use spurs. After graduating from Pearsall High School, Jane attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College and graduated with a BS in Education from the University of Texas in 1951. Immediately following graduation, Jane enlisted in the Womens Medical Specialist Corps of the US Air Force and served as 2nd Lieutenant at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, where she learned about the healing powers of physical therapy and received her certification as a physical therapist.
Jane became a licensed physical therapist and began her career in San Antonio at the Cerebral Palsy Center, where she worked as a pediatric physical therapist for about three decades. She was an inventive and dedicated therapist, recognizing the special needs and creating a unique therapy for every child in her care. She never stopped researching, and was constantly looking for the best way to maximize the physical and mental benefits of physical therapy for each patient. She was always looking for a toy she had in mind for a specific child, or she would be constructing an apparatus to help a child perform simple tasks. She employed everything she knew and every resource she had to improve the life of every child she treated. In 1982, a long-time dream of hers became a reality when she organized San Antonio's first horseback riding therapy sessions at Brackenridge Stables for severely handicapped children. In 1986 she was presented with the Ruby Decker Award for Outstanding Physical Therapist by the Texas Physical Therapy Association in recognition of her outstanding work. Also in the 1980's Jane became an independent contractor for various local school districts and health care organizations and traveled all over South-Central Texas to provide physical therapy to children in need. In a few cases, when daily therapy was crucial for a child, she would even keep the child in her own home until she could make some progress with his therapy.
Jane was a very independent woman who always lived alone, just far enough from the city to be able to keep a horse or two. She not only owned horses; she probably took in every stray cat and dog that ever showed up at her doorstep, and she never ran out of corn to feed the deer that gathered in her yard every evening. Jane loved to travel and loved her family, and coordinated many summer vacations with family and friends. On her trips she often collected western paintings, and she could always find art in nature, collecting an unusual assortment of rock and wood specimens. Most of all, Jane was generous to a fault, especially after she became an independent contractor, because she refused to collect payment for her services from families she felt could not afford it.
Jane is survived by her brother Fred Watson, her sisters-in-law Josephine Watson, Trudy Watson and Pat Watson; and six nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Jack Watson, Charles Watson and Joe Watson, and her sisters-in-law, Ann Watson and Betty Watson.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the chapel at Porter Loring Mortuary at 2102 N Loop 1604 E in San Antonio.