Dorothy Mae Layton Watts

January 1, 1923 - May 3, 2013

Dorothy Watts passed away after a good long life of 90 years on May 3, 2013, in McCleary, Washington surrounded by her family. Dorothy was born in San Diego, California, on January 1, 1923. Raised in Safford, Arizona, she move to Washington upon her marriage to Vince Hansen. In 1946, she became a widow with a new born child. Thomas Watts Jr. became part of her life when on February 4, 1950, they were married, and later settled in the Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, in 1964.

In 1955, they moved to McCleary and lived the farm life for 55 years. She became involved in her church, holding many calling. In the community she helped with the Bear Festival, and was active in the Grange.

Throughout her life she has worked at Boeing as a Rosie Riveter during the war, and was head of the kitchen at Oakhurst Convalescent Center, as well as making time to go back to school at age 50.

She was known for her cooking, and her caring for others.

During her 61 years of marriage to Tom they raised 6 children, and grew more in love with each passing year.

She is survived by all 6 of her children, Connie Manu, of Tumwater, Charles and wife, Kathy Watts of McCleary, Betty and husband, Steve McCombs of Satsop, Joyce and husband, David Flores of Wenatchee, Andrew and wife, Joyce Watts of McCleary and Bruce Watts of McCleary. She is also survived by 26 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Elma, Washington at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013. A graveside service will be held in McCleary, Washington.

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Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma.