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Obituary for May Ann Watts

Funeral services for Mary Ann Watts, 84, will be held Monday, August 28, 2023 at 10 am at Carey 1st Baptist Church with Randy Wilson and Travis Leamon officiating. Burial will follow in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Sunday, August 27, 2023 from 5-7 at Johnson Funeral Home.

She passed away Thursday, August 24, 2023 in Amarillo.

Mary Ann Watts (Yates) was born November 5th, 1938 in Silverton, CO to Chester Yates Sr. and Marie Louise Kovith. She was one of 9 children in a beautiful blended family after her mother passed and her father married June. She lived her childhood in the mountains of Colorado and had a deep love for it. She graduated in 1956 from Durango High School. She had three children, Julie, Mark, and Tommy Duffield. On October 5th, 1974 she married William (Bill) Watts, Sr and gained three more children who she loved as her own, Rusty, Vickie, and Kimberly Watts. She and Bill led a life filled with love. She sold insurance for many years and was a Xi Pi Sigma-Beta Sigma Phi sorority member. They faithfully attended Carey 1st Baptist Church in Childress, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband William D. Watts, Sr, her mother, father, and stepmother, her sister Judy Szabo, her daughter Kimberly Dawn Watts, a grandson David Duffield, son Tommy Duffield, son Rusty Watts, and a granddaughter Alana Watts.

She is survived by her daughter Julie Vallelonga and husband Don of Colorado Springs, her son Mark Duffield of San Antonio, her daughter Vickie Taylor of Ennis, her daughter-in-law Lori Duffield of Levelland, her sisters Clara Monger, Stella Hobaugh and husband Howard of Farmington, NM, and Grace Yates of Montrose, CO, her brothers, Chester Yates and wife Joy, John Yates, Marvin Yates and wife Terri, all of Montrose, CO, Warren Yates and wife Lori of Rockwood, TN, 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, Mary’s wishes were to have donations made in her honor to Meals on Wheels, Childress Public Library, or Carey 1st Baptist Church.