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Evelyn Josephine Watts, 83, Ottawa, died Jan. 9, 2013, at Olathe Medical Center in Olathe.

A funeral mass is planned for 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ottawa. A rosary will be said at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, followed by a visitation for family and friends 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Inurnment is planned for Woodlawn Cemetery, Pomona.

She was born Friday, Sept. 20, 1929, in Olpe, the daughter of John G. and Anna C. (Scheve) Nuessen.

She grew up in Olpe, later moving to Franklin County where she lived most of her life, residing in Ottawa since the late 1980s.

Evelyn graduated from St. Joseph High School, Olpe with the class of 1947.

She worked 19 years as a ward clerk at Ransom Memorial Hospital, several years for H.D. Lee as a cylinder operator and later as a secretary at Dengel & Son Mortuary, retiring in the late 1990s.

Evelyn was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ottawa, the Sacred Heart Guild and the Ransom Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 1949, Evelyn was united in marriage with Kenneth N. “Pete” Watts at Harriman, Tenn. He preceded her in death Jan. 19, 1998.

She was preceded in death by husband, Kenneth “Pete” Watts; parents, John and Anna Nuessen; two brothers, Melvin Nuessen and Marvin Nuessen; two sisters, Louise Randall and Helen Coen; two brothers-in-law, George Randall and Glen Barrett; and great-granddaughter, Reese Avery Watts.  

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth N. “Buzz” Watts and wife, Jacque, Olathe, Charlie J. Watts and wife, Glenda, Olathe, Douglas E. Watts, Pomona; four daughters, Deborah J. Watts, Springfield, Mo., Sherry L. Hiles, Ottawa, Brenda A. Hawkins and husband, Roy Ottawa, and Kathi H. Watts, Hillsdale; two brothers, Edward Nuessen and wife, Lola, Olathe, and Donald A. Nuessen and wife, Dee, El Dorado; three sisters, Marie Barrett, Hartford, Rose Ann White and husband, Larry, Emporia, and Janice Mercer and husband, Clarence, Emporia; 24 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.    

The family suggests memorial contributions to Sacred Heart Catholic Church through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.  

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