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Emerald Ardella Watts

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Emerald Ardella Watts passed away Thursday, July 2, 2009, at the age of 90, at the Mescalero Care Center in Mescalero. She was born Emerald A. Luce on Dec. 20, 1918, to Walter B. and Erma L. (Smith) Luce in Hayfield, Minn.
Emerald lived most of her formative years on the farm in Plainfield, Ill. For two years she rode her pony several miles to school every day while she attended rural school. She was reared in the Evangelical Church where she was baptized by immersion in the Dupage River at the age of 11.
Emerald attended North Central College in Naperville, Ill., getting a two-year teaching certificate. She then taught rural school near Joliet, Ill., all grades. She also taught at a rural school near Tolono, Ill., to be near her parents.
In 1945, she left Illinois to drive to California where she met the love of her fife, Ray Watts. They married in 1946 in Tolono, Ill. Emerald taught school in the Jurupa School District in Rubidoux, Calif., for 22 years until her retirement in 1975.
Ray and Emerald spent a very happy retirement traveling to visit relatives and taking vacations all around the United States. In 1997 they relocated to Alamogordo, where they remained until their deaths.
Emerald would like to be remembered as a Christian woman who helped others. Church was always a very important part of her life. She made God the center of her life, and he fulfilled her life by granting her a happy marriage of 59 years and allowing her to enjoy her children and grandchildren and do his work.
She will be missed by all who knew her and loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, in 2005, her parents and her sister Ardyth.
Emerald is survived by her children Judy Gillett and husband, Glenn, of Mayhill, and her son Jerry and wife, Betty, of Bellflower, Calif. Also surviving her are seven grandchildren, David Amelung, of Texas; Sharon Amelung and Connie Watts, both of Arizona; Glenna Parham, of Texas; and Jackie Darnold, Andrea Silva and Michele Sachen, of New Mexico. She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, July 10, 2009, at the Cloudcroft United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. with Dr. Ran Loy and the Rev. Dick Richards officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Sacramento Methodist Assembly for the columbarium project. Please make donations to Sacramento Methodist Assembly in memory of Emerald Watts, P.O. Box 8, Sacramento, NM 88347. Emerald and Ray will be inurned at the Assembly at a later time. Direct cremation will take place under the care of PCS Direct Cremation Services.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 3 to July 22, 2009
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