Bev never gave up on Scott Watson

The mother of convicted double murderer Scott Watson who died on Friday, had never given up on proving her son's innocence, says her former employer.

Beverly Watson died in Christchurch after a two-month battle with leukaemia.

For about 10 years she ran the kitchen at Seabreeze Cafe and Bar, in Picton.

Jules Terry, who bought the cafe on London Quay four years ago, would always go to Mrs Watson for advice on hiring new staff.

''Everybody knows her in Picton,'' he said.

''There were so many people who would come in here and give her a wave and a 'hi'.''

He described her as a ''chatterbox'' who loved to banter and have fun.

''There was always something going on with Bev and she was always having a laugh, having a chat,'' Mr Terry said.

She was also very hard working and ran a tight ship, but had a very caring and sharing side to her, he said.

''For the right people she would do anything for them; she was a very giving person.''

Just over two months ago she had come into work and told him she was not feeling 100 per cent.

''She was in here working and she said, 'look, my breathing's not good, I'm going to go the hospital. I'm sick of going to the doctor's'.''

The following day she was flown to Christchurch hospital and admitted to the Intensive Care unit.

The series of strokes that eventually killed her came right at the end, he said.

''After the second lot of chemo, she picked up an infection, and then the infection took her down real fast because she didn't have any immunity,'' he said.

She was then taken off life support but her body could not handle it.

She had never given up on proving her son's innocence, Mr Terry said.

''Her and her husband were relentlessly fighting to get what they portrayed as justice. To this day,'' he said. ''So that probably took it's toll. Imagine a mother - that pressure over that period of time, visiting your son in jail all the time.''

Scott Watson was given special permission to visit his mother while she was in hospital, Mr Terry said.

It was reported that his father, Chris Watson, planned to seek permission for Scott to be released from prison to attend his mother's funeral in Christchurch on Wednesday.

Mr Perry said both Chris and Bev never gave up on their son.

''Every weekend, pretty much, they would go to Christchurch to see Scott. Their weekends were taken away from here (Picton),'' he said.

''She was a very good person, no doubt about it. A salt of the earth person and a lot of fun. She'll be missed.''

The Marlborough Express