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December 4, 2012

Watsons happy to call Danville home

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DANVILLE —

Odette has taught her daughters to cook, crochet and sew — skills she believes are important for women to have.

Greg retired in May as recreation supervisor at the Danville Correctional Center, where he worked for 30 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and administrative justice from Kansas Wesleyan University. He also taught kindergarten in the Chicago area for a couple of years before taking his first job with the Illinois Correctional System in Pontiac.

Greg now works as a personal trainer and referees high school basketball and football. He’s also an avid golfer and works as a golf ranger at Harrison Park Golf Course.

How they met

About 30 years ago, Greg was waiting at a bus top in downtown Chicago, where he often traveled from Danville to visit his parents. That’s when he spotted Odette, his future wife, working in the window of a clothing boutique. Needless to say he missed his bus when he entered the boutique to meet Odette.

“It took a while before she would even date me,” Greg said, explaining that Odette was still in college at the time and living at home, and her parents were very strict. The couple’s first meeting was for lunch at a Wendy’s in Chicago, and they’ve been together ever since.

Odette said, “I always worried how we would pay back the loans for our girls’ college, but thankfully they both received scholarships for academics.” Gabrielle has an additional scholarship for her participation on the college rowing team, and Arianna receives additional financial aid for serving as a “Bridge” in her dormitory to assist international students.

Odette said, “I’m personally grateful for this city of Danville. It has allowed us to raise two responsible young ladies. Both of them have received a good foundation at the schools here — and that has been a blessing for all of us.”

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