OBITUARY

Margaret Evelyn Watts

August 21, 1934May 16, 2018
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Margaret Evelyn (Snodgrass) Watts You are cordially invited to celebrate with us in the life of Margaret (Maggie) Watts. Margaret passed away May 16, 2018 after a brief illness. Margaret was born on August 21, 1934 and was the daughter of the late Arnold and Nelda Snodgrass. She grew up and spent much of her life on the Middle Fork of Davis Creek. She was raised as a Nazarene and continued in that religious faith during her life. She visited family there often sharing stories of their childhood lives. Margaret was one of two siblings born to Arnold and Nelda Snodgrass. Her sister Mary Ruth (Snodgrass) Allen of South Boston, VA survives her. Margaret married Thomas (Tommy) Nelson Watts on November 7th, 1952. They were married sixty-six years. Her husband predeceased her December 14th, 2007. She was the mother of four children. They are Diane Elizabeth (Watts) Owen, (Jim), Thomas Barry Watts (predeceased August 30, 2003) Matt Arden Watts (Sue) and Edith Renae (Watts) Cutlip. She was also blessed with three grandchildren Laura, Bryan and Shannon. Maggie enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was a graduate of Charleston High School, and Garnet Career Center with a degree in Business. She was a member of the South Charleston Recreation Center, where she enjoyed line dancing and swimming along with her many great friends. Maggie was an avid Gardner, and cultured the most beautiful flowers. She was a talented seamstress. She worked most of her adult life as a cleaning manager for various residential homes. She was extremely talented in so many areas, to many to acknowledge. Her constant companion and caretaker was her daughter Edith (Edie) where they traveled the back roads of West Virginia and ventured to other states to visit family. They enjoyed finding new places to dine, new people to meet, and scheming of more adventures to conquer. They enjoyed life and were ready for the next “great escapade”. She loved and was also loved by her animal companions, Tigger, Chester and Katy Did. Celebration of Maggie’s life will be Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at 12:00 pm at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes WV 25313. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens where she will be laid to rest with her husband and son. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”

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  • Visitation Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • Funeral Saturday, May 19, 2018
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Betty Painter

May 18, 2018

Had fun times withLil` Margaret swimming and line dancing. So sorry for your loss.Rest in Peace sweet gentle soul.

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Biography

      Margaret Evelyn Watts was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Margaret always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Margaret was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

       Her parents were Arnold and Nelda Sondgrass. Margaret was raised in Davis Creek , WV. Always able to express herself well, Margaret possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, Margaret was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Margaret was able to relate well with others. Her occasional role as family mediator gave her the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Margaret was raised with one. She had one sister Mary Ruth Allen (Sondgrass). Margaret had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Margaret showed her creative ability in many ways. She was outgoing and animated. Margaret enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. Margaret's memorable achievements included.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Margaret was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. Her curious nature was spurred by her ability to maximize her personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. She was good with facts and had an excellent memory. She graduated from Charleston High School in 1952. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      When the goal of college was in sight, it became important to Margaret. Again, her direct, “down to earth” approach served her well. She was able to absorb complex concepts and had an acute sense of how things worked. She earned her business degree at Garnet Career Center.

      Friends and acquaintances found Margaret an easy woman to get to know, and those close to her would often praise her open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Margaret was uncomplicated and straightforward in her relationships, which allowed her to accept people for what they were. Later in life, she became friends with Anne, Theresa, Margy, Phyllis, Genevia, Lynn, and Libby.

       Margaret was attentive to Thomas's feelings, and she charmed Thomas and others with her gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Margaret was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid herself, Margaret identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her children’s personalities. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her children acquire added common sense skills. Margaret was blessed with four children, two sons, Barry and Matt, and two daughters, Diane and Edith. They were also blessed with three grandchildren, Bryan, Laura, Shannon.

      Margaret was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around her. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Margaret’s strengths included being able to think on her feet. She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Margaret was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Margaret could multi-task, and she was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in her work environment. Her primary occupation was aq homemaker.

      Margaret enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that she did. She put this creativity toward all of her pastimes. Her favorite pursuits were line dancing, swimming, gardening, and sewing. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Margaret was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made her a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which she belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Margaret worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. Throughout her later years, Margaret was an active member of the South Charleston Rec Center.

      Margaret held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to her. She was a member of the Davis Creek Church of the Nazarene.

      Margaret’s natural leadership qualities placed her in consideration for public recognition, earning her accolades for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. Some of her most prestigious awards included first place crewel sewing.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Margaret truly enjoyed. She preferred to seek out excitement wherever she went and she was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” She was willing to leave her plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Wilson's Creek.

      Margaret was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Margaret’s favorites was Tigger, Chester, and Katydid her cats. They were best friends for 15 years. Her family was rounded out by her Maggie Mae her dog.

      Margaret passed away on May 16, 2018 at Genesis Valley Nursing Home. Brief illness. She is survived by her sister Mary, daughters Diane and Edith, son Matt, and her grandchildren Bryan, Laura, amd Shannon. Services were held at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home. Margaret was laid to rest in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, The Garden of the Last Supper.

      Margaret was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide amusing repartee to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Margaret had a theme song written about her, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” She enjoyed her life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Margaret Evelyn Watts.