Cecilia Esme Watts passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020, after a short illness at the age of 94.
Esme is survived by her loving son, Anthony Raymond Watts and his wife Loraine Ann Lockwood; granddaughter, Yocelin Watts; and great-grandchildren, Trina and Nate.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond John Watts; daughter Jacqueline Eagar; and parents, William Samuel Rees and Francis Victoria Rees (formerly Thomas).
Esme was born in Swansea, a coastal and port city in Wales. Esme left school early to work for a railroad company during WWII, surviving many German bombing raids. Later she had a career in insurance and travel agencies. Esme was especially proud of being invited to join the British Mensa society being tested in the 97th percentile with an IQ of 144. She was a stained-glass artist and painter and also loved reading, dancing, quiz shows and crosswords. At age 70, Esme emigrated to South Africa and then in 2014 she moved to the US with her three cats and became a resident at Woldenberg Village.
The family gives special thanks to Kathy Harris, Esme’s loving friend and “minder” and caregiver, Bea Allen.
In lieu of flowers donations can be given to any cat or dog charitable organization of your choice. Due to CDC guidelines a celebration of Esme’s life will be held at a later date at Woldenberg Village.
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