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Watts, Marjorie Wilson,

passed away at her home surrounded by her family on July 22, 2014 in Brandenburg, KY.

Marjorie was born May 25, 1922 in Brandenburg, KY, the only child of Lottie Bandy and Benjamin Paul Wilson.

She attended Meade County Schools, Bryant-Stratton Business College, Uof L, and graduated from UK's Agriculture College, Home Economics Department. She was a life member of the UK Alumni Assoc. She was president of her high school class four years, and at UK, president of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and a member of the Panhellenic Board.

In December of 1943, she joined the WAVES (Women's Auxiliary Volunteer Emergency Service) of the United States Navy Reserves. She served in the finance department at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA and was stationed at Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor when World War II ended. Marjorie was part of a small group of ex-military women to arrive in Occupied Japan and work as a Civil Service Employee for the US War Department.

Marjorie and County Attorney James R. Watts, (also a veteran of World War II), were married August 7, 1947. After 58 years of devoted marriage, Jimmy died December 26, 2005. They loved God, their family, home, and country. She and Jimmy were avid travelers in the States and foreign countries, having visited all continents except Australia.

Marjorie helped organize the first kindergarten in Meade County. She helped organize the first home makers clubs in the county in 1948 and was loyal to the Extension Department serving as county president when the Homemakers clubs celebrated 50 years. She spent many years as a leader in 4-H projects, events and activities serving on the local and Lincoln Trail District councils. As state treasurer of the Kentucky 4-H Council, she was on the board that began the Lake Cumberland Leadership Lodge. She was a summer camp leader, and attended National 4-H Congress.

As a member of the Brandenburg Business Women's Club she helped organize the Meade County Free Public Library, and Marjorie served on the Board for 12 years. She helped campaign for a library tax to support the library, the bookmobile, and purchasing a building. Marjorie was a Girl Scout leader for her daughters, granddaughters, and their friends. Working with the Kentuckiana Girl Scout Council, they were instrumental in establishing the Girl Scout Camp at Otter Creek Park. She was an organizing member of Ambrose Meador Chapter, DAR and served as KSDAR Registrar. She was a member of the Barons of Runnemede. She was the first woman to serve on the Board of Directors for Farmer's Deposit Bank, later Liberty and Bank One.

Marjorie was a lifelong Democrat. She supported her husband during his many political campaigns. She was Meade County Co-chairman for Martha Layne Collins in her successful campaign for Governor of Kentucky.

She was christened, baptized and married in the United Methodist Church in Brandenburg. After several years of marriage she joined her husband at First Baptist Church. For 25 years she taught Bible School classes to the kindergarten children. Marjorie enjoyed her friends, traveling, reading, yoga, and life. She was tolerant, friendly, kind, and respected by all who knew her.

Marjorie loved nothing more than her three daughters; three son-in-laws; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. They were her joy and she was their "Mimi".

Marjorie is survived by her children, Pamela Watts (Bill) Corum, Cynthia Watts (Michael) Greene, Rebecca Watts (Sim) Richardson; grandchildren, Dr. Lisa Corum (Glen E. Buckner), Jim (Rachel) Corum, Dr. Joe Watts (Katie) Greene, Wilson Watts (Stephanie) Greene, Dr. Sally Greene (Andy) Diebold, Daniel Watts Greene, Rhoda Richardson (Spencer) Skeen, Perry Benjamin Richardson; great-grandchildren: Simon Buckner; Will, Watts, and Benjamin Corum; Lily, Charlotte, and Lucy Campbell Greene; Audrey, Jackson, and Scarlett Skeen; Mazie and Molly Greene; and James Andrew Diebold.

She will be missed and remembered for the principles she upheld of God, family, home, and country.

A Service and Celebration for the life of Marjorie Wilson Watts will be held 11 a.m. EDT, July 26, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Brandenburg. The family will receive visitors at Marjorie's home 338 Lawrence Street, Brandenburg, KY 40108 on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 3-8 p.m. Cremation has been chosen.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN, 38101-9908 or the Meade Activity Center, 493 Lawrence Street, Brandenburg, KY, 40108.

The family is being served by, Bruington-Jenkins-Sturgeon Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at

Published in The Courier-Journal on July 24, 2014
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