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PATRICIA DOROTHY WATTS


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PATRICIA DOROTHY WATTS Obituary
WATTS, Patricia Dorothy

(McQuillen) Of Boston, MA and Freedom, NH, died peacefully on Sunday, March 20 at the age of 88, following a stroke. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles H. Watts II, who died in 2001. Born in 1927 in Bronxville, NY, Patricia was the youngest daughter of Paul and Dorothy McQuillen. She married Charles H. Watts II in 1951. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Patricia majored in French languages and was an accomplished athlete. After earning her B.A., she taught at the College Classique de Jeunes Filles in Tourcoing, France. Prior to her marriage, she was a member of the staff of the Westchester Department of Family and Child Welfare. In addition to raising her three children, she served in a variety of volunteer roles with social, cultural and religious organizations in Providence, RI, Washington, D.C., Lewisburg, PA, Boston, MA, and Freedom, NH. Patricia also worked closely with her husband during his thirteen-year tenure as President of Bucknell University. Patricia's life and interests reflected her appreciation for grace and beauty in the arts, culture, and home. She was a passionate, highly knowledgeable gardener, and believed strongly in the value and importance of wise land conservation, joining her husband in support of both the New Hampshire Forest societies and the Green Mountain Conservation Group. She and her husband established High Meadow Farms, in Freedom, NH, in the mid-fifties with the late Percy Taylor, also of Freedom. The farm, which operated commercially for nearly forty years, sold eggs, apples, wood and hay, and remains in the family. Patricia is survived by her three children and their families: Katharine L. Watts of Cambridge, MA, and her son Cooper; Caroline W. Collins and her husband Peter of West Newbury, MA, and their children Dylan and Abigail; and Charles H. Watts III and his wife Holly of Providence, RI, and their children Samuel, Isabel, and Isaac. She is also survived by her brother, Dr. Michael P. McQuillen, of Palo Alto, CA, and his family, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews and their children. Services will be held at Trinity Church, in Boston, MA, on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, offerings will be gratefully accepted by Trinity Boston Foundation, 206 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116; or by the Green Mountain Conservation Group, 196 Huntress Bridge Rd, Effingham, NH 03882.
Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 22, 2016
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