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A Waldorf woman died Saturday after a car crash on northbound Route 5 in Hughesville, Maryland State Police reported.

Elizabeth Ann Watson, 73, began a left-hand turn from westbound Gallant Green Road onto the highway’s southbound lanes at 1:18 p.m., but while crossing northbound Route 5, she pulled into the path of a blue 2010 Jeep Cherokee driven by Nicole Antoinette Morgan, 37, of Great Mills, police said.

Watson’s car, a 2000 Chrysler Concorde, was struck on the front driver’s side door. She was flown to Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, where she died, police said.

Morgan was taken via ambulance to Civista Medical Center in La Plata and released later that day.

Neither alcohol nor speed is believed to be a factor in the accident, police reported.

Trooper A. Moore is investigating.

A lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryantown, Watson is remembered by friends as a loving, giving woman whose life revolved around her family and faith.

“She personally and the whole family were very involved in the parish,” said the Rev. Rory T. Conley of St. Mary’s. “She was a very faith-filled person, very giving, and she was a pretty joyful person, as well. Over the last year or so, she not only came to church on Sundays, but she’d also come during the week.”

Catherine Kreft of Waldorf and Watson were born three weeks apart. The two grew up next door to each other and attended Catholic school at St. Mary’s Church together, first at St. Mary’s Elementary School and then at the now-closed Notre Dame High School.

“I have lots of best friends, but she was the best friend,” Kreft said. “I can’t hardly talk about it, but I would have to say she was a perfect friend and she was also the perfect mother and wife.

“We’ve just been friends our entire life. She loved to sing, she loved to travel, but most of all, she loved her family,” Kreft said.

Known as “Betty” or “Betty Ann” among family and friends, Watson was a member of the Charles County Senior Show Troupe as part of its 30-member singing group, the Silvertones.

“She was a joy. We had fun traveling with the group. She’s going to be missed. She was just here Friday singing,” troupe director Debi Shanks said. “Everybody is just going to really miss her. She was just a joy and a sweet lady, and she was just genuinely very nice. She was compassionate and sweet, and she loved her church.”

Anne Burroughs of Dentsville, who also attended elementary and high school with Watson, called her a “beautiful, faith-filled Catholic woman.”

“She was always smiling. She was always very cheerful and upbeat,” Burroughs said. “She did so many things, and everybody who knew her loved her. I don’t think you could find anybody who knew her and didn’t love her. She was just a fantastic woman.”

jnewman@somdnews.com