ELKHART, IND. - Helen M. Watts-Brown, 85, of Brentwood Retirement Center, Elkhart, Ind., passed away Feb. 17, 2014, at Hubbard Hill Healthcare Center.
She was born on Dec. 11, 1928, in Delaware, Ohio to Charles and Elma (Milhone) Avery. She married Hilton Watts on June 10, 1951, in Bucyrus, Ohio. He preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 1991.
She then married Curtis H. Brown on March 27, 2007, in Elkhart. He survives, along with her three daughters; Sharry Phillips of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Becky Nystrand of South Bend, Ind. and Carla (Doug) Randall of Wilmington, N.C.; one son, Gregg (Jeannine) Watts of Elkhart, Ind.; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one sister, Nancy (Ben) Bird of Delaware, Ohio, and two nephews, Jeff Bargdill and Scott Bargdill both of Delaware, Ohio.
Helen was a High School English, Speech and Home Economics teacher in Ohio for 6 years before moving to Elkhart where she taught for Elkhart Community Schools. She also played a crucial role in establishing TAPP in Elkhart Community Schools which is still thriving today. She earned her bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and her master's degree from Indiana University. She retired in 1994 after teaching for 41 years. She was a volunteer and board member for A.D.E.C and NILS, member of AAUW, Books and Breakfast Club, Altrusa, Delta Kappa Gamma, N.E.A., I.S.T.E.A., and the American Consumer Sciences Association. Helen devoted her life to education and her family.
Friends may call three hours prior to the 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, funeral service at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home. Pastor Tom Thews will officiate. Burial will follow at Rice Cemetery, Elkhart.
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