On Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, Phyllis Joan Watts peacefully passed away surrounded by family members in Vancouver, Wash.
Phyllis was a beautiful, selfless person with a warm and loving heart who was devoted to her family and friends, and touched the lives of those around her.
Phyllis was born Feb. 25, 1931, in Chicago, Ill., and married her high school sweetheart, Roy Frederick Watts, who was the love of her life for over 64 years.
Phyllis loved children and taught third grade for many years at Homer School in Homer Township, Ill. She was passionate about playing tennis, cross-country skiing, hiking and bird watching with her friends.
Phyllis and Roy retired in Atascadero, Calif., where Phyllis became very active in volunteering in the community, including serving as Volunteer Center Director of the Literacy Program in Atascadero for 15 years, and volunteering at the zoo and Loaves and Fishes. She also worked as a tour guide at Hearst Castle. She loved traveling, including two trips to Africa.
She is survived by her five beloved children who will miss her dearly: James Watts, Carl Watts, Clay Watts, Robin Watts Putnam and Dawn Watts, as well as seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, at 4 p.m. at Touchmark (2911 SE Village Loop, Vancouver, Wash.). Donations may be made in the name of Phyllis Watts to: Literacy for Life, P.O. Box 1023, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.
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