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PATRICIA LOUISE WATT (1926 - 2012)

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PATRICIA LOUISE WATT Patricia was born, 31 March 1926, to Thomas and Lucille Rubish in Portland, Oregon. Patricia was their fourth child. She joined sister Jean, brothers Thomas Jr. and James. Pat as, she was known by friends and family, grew up in Portland and graduated Aughkley High School and Willamette Business College. During World War II Pat worked for Kaiser Steel in the Swan Island Ship Yards as a secretary in the infirmary. After the War Pat continued working for Kaiser. In 1946 while at a dance in Rockaway Beach Pat met the love of her life, Thomas B Watt Jr. On 11 January 1947 Tom and Pat were married in Portland. They made their home in Tillamook, Oregon. On 28 April 1948 they welcomed their first child, a son, Thomas B Watt III. Four year later they were blessed with the birth of their second child, Ronald Lee Watt. In 1954 Tom and Pat along with the boys moved to Yreka and then Hornbrook, California. They established a trucking company, Johnson Truck Service. Over the years Pat was wife, mother and anything to help the business. Pat also worked in Yreka as a nursing volunteer at the Yreka General Hospital. She also served as President of the PTA and on the Hornbrook Elementary School Board. In 1958 Patricia began her journey with the Masonic Family, joining Eastern Star and later Amaranth and the Daughters of the Nile. The trucking company expanded to operations in Hornbrook, Happy Camp, Red Bluff, Wildwood, Hayfork, Sterling City and Prineville, Oregon. Additionally, they had air tankers for fire suppresion, flight school, air ambulance and charter air service, with operations in Scott Valley, Montague and Santa Rosa. With all of these diversified operations, Pat, Tom and the boys moved to Red Bluff in 1965, so as to be more centrally located. As the years passed the business's ebbed and flowed and when the boys were in High School Pat went to work for Ward Anderson in his State Farm Insurance agency. Later, Pat worked for Sears, in their catalog stores and also Fran's Hallmark. Pat served for over 30 years as a Tehama County Elections Department worker, retiring as a precinct Inspector. During these years Pat was blessed with the marriages of her sons adding to these blessing were the births of her grandchildren, Katy Lynn Watt, Erik Lee Watt and Sheena Dyan Watt. Adding to these blessings were the marriages of Erik Watt to Sarah Stone and Sheena Watt to Christopher Lussier. The ultimate blessing was brought to Pat with the birth of Erik and Sarah's daughter Pat's Great Granddaughter Evan Lilly Watt. Pat was preceded in death by her parents Tom and Lucille, brothers James and Thomas Jr., sister Jean, husband of 54 years Tom and granddaughter Katy. She is survived by sons, Tom III and wife Barbara Watt, Ron Watt, daughter in law Sam Ross, grand children Erik and wife Sarah Stone-Watt, Sheena and husband Christopher Lussier, great granddaughter Evan Watt and many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Pat enjoyed working in her yard and as a Pink Lady Volunteer at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Red Bluff. She truly treasured the friends that she made through her many years in the Masonic family and most of all the people that she met throughout her years working at her various jobs. Blessings to all who knew Pat, take joy in knowing that she and Tom are reunited and Dancing in Heaven. A memorial celebration of Pat's life will be held on Saturday 17 November 2012 at 2:00 pm at Bethel Assembly of God Church on Luther Road. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Patricia's name to the Alzheimer's research fund in care of: , 2105 Forest Avenue, Suite 130, Chico, CA 95928 Please mark the memo: "Memorial for Patricia Watt". Thank you and May the Blessing of God be with you, Now and Forever.You may send condolences to Pat's family at: www.affordablemortuary.net
Published in Daily News on Nov. 14, 2012
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