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625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, TX

OBITUARY

Velia Valdez Watts

January 26, 1937July 25, 2020

Velia Valdez Watts, age 83, of Live Oak, Texas passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 25, 2020 from COVID-19 complications. She was born January 26, 1937 in San Antonio, Texas. Where she raised two sons Charlie and Robert. She spent her life working civil engineer at both Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph Air Force Base.

She is survived by her two sisters Maria Luisa Flores and Margarita Novak and brother Humberto Valdez Jr, two sons, Robert Watts and Charlie and Lee Anne Watts, six grandchildren Heather, Laura, Rachel, Emily, Megan, and William and three great grandchildren Embry, Ellie, and Hayden.

She was also preceded in death by her father Humberto Valdez Sr and mother Hermelinda Flores, her brothers Joe Sanchez, Ricardo Valdez, Genaro "Arturo" Sanchez, and sister Maria Delfina Valdez. She was also preceded in death by her beloved animals Frances earlier in the month and General back in January.

A celebration of life memorial service for Velia will be held Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Colonial Funeral Home, 625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, Texas. The memorial service is also available through a livestream option, if you feel safer staying at home and live streaming feel free to do so. We would rather everyone be safe and livestream but if you wanna physically be at the memorial service in person we do not mind..

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.colonialuniversal.com for the Watts family.

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  • She was also preceded in death by her father Humberto Valdez Sr and mother Hermelinda Flores, her brothers Joe Sanchez, Richardo Valdez, Genaro "Arturo" Sanchez, and sister Maria Delfina Flores. She was also preceded in death by her beloved animals Frances earlier in the month and General back in January.


    She is survived by her two sisters Maria Luisa Flores and Margarita Novak and brother Humberto Valdez Jr, two sons, Robert Watts and Charlie Watts, six grandchildren Heather, Laura, Rachel, Emily, Megan, and William and three great grandchildren Embry, Ellie, and Hayden.

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Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
8 August

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service

11:00 am

Colonial Funeral Home

Honor Chapel

625 Kitty Hawk Road
Universal City, Texas

Memories

Velia Valdez Watts

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Kristen Knott

August 4, 2020

Mrs. Velia,

I am humbled by your strength and the fight you put up taking on this virus, yet God had other plans for you to become an angel in heaven. I am sad that I was not able to meet you prior to your time in the hospital because your family spoke so highly of you and the love that they shared with you made you out to be an incredible woman. Even at the time you were able to speak to me, you somehow found a reason to smile through the struggle. I wish I could have tasted that famous sweet tea and enchiladas your family speaks of, but I know you will be blessing your family in special ways while up in heaven. It was truly an HONOR taking care of such a fine women in your last moments here on earth. RIP sweet Velia.

Love,
your Nurse Kristen

P.S.~ I am so happy I have gained some new friends with the amazing family you came from <3

Devyn Dill

July 30, 2020

You always accepted me as family. I know we didn’t know each other well but you are my family and I will forever have you in my heart ❤️ I just know you are in heaven with my grandfather love you always

CeCelia Novak

July 29, 2020

Velia was always so kind, sweet, and welcoming every time I saw her. Heaven truly gained an amazing angel.

Ruby Lee

July 29, 2020

Gone too soon!
I met Velia and her granddaughter Heather at The UPS Store, where I work, over 10 years ago. They would drop by just to say hi and catchup. She would bring me coupons to Burger King and Subway. Velia was always so thoughtful and ended our visits with a silly funny joke. Always full of joy and laughter.
One fond memory of Velia, being kind and generous, is when she brought me a tray of beef enchiladas. She told me she had been thinking of me and wanted to share some enchiladas with me and my family. She did not know the impact this had on me! I had been stressed all day over things I needed to do after work before going to my small group church meeting. I needed to figure out dinner for my two kids. Feeling rushed for time.
Well Velia was a God send with the Enchiladas! God knew my concerns and sent Velia! She is a true Angel! I am gonna miss our talks and visits! Love you Velia! Watch over Heather and your family. Fly high!❤️

Susan Soto

July 28, 2020

Velia was a kind and generous lady. Always looking out for us as her neighbors and friends. She will be missed.

Nikki Jennings

July 28, 2020

She was a really sweet lady, always so kind and was nice to talk to, Heaven really gained an Angel.

Katie Miller

July 28, 2020

Heather Your grandmother was a very special grandma she would always have a smile on her face and was a happy person she loved the football team she will not be forgotten love you and your grandmother so much

Brenda Sparrow

July 28, 2020

My tia Velia, always accepting and always loving. Always with kindness and joy. You are so missed.

YOUNG TRAN

July 27, 2020

Hello Charlie,
Very sorry about the loss of your lovely mother.
We will keep her in our prayers...

Peace and Health...

Kindest regards,

Charmaine Lazo

July 26, 2020

My fellow Aquarian Miss Velia, such a sweet lady with such a kind heart. I'll never forget you and Heather coming to Verizon with Heather's baked goodies and your Enchiladas. I'm so grateful and blessed to have known such wonderful person. Heaven has gained another Angel to watch over all of us. Rest in Peace Miss Vela.

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Biography

Velia Valdez 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. Velia always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Velia was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

       Her parents were Hermelinda Flores and Humberto Valdez. Velia was raised in San Antonio Texas. Always able to express herself well, Velia 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, Velia was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Velia was able to relate well with others. Her occasional role as family mediator gave her the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Velia was raised with Seven Siblings. Her Siblings are Joe Sanchez, Richardo Valdez, Genaro "Arturo" Sanchez, Humberto Valdez Jr, and sisters Maria Delfina Flores, Maria Luisa Flores and Margarita Novak. Velia had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

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

      Very much like a kid herself, Velia 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. Velia was blessed with two sons, Robert Watts and Charlie and his wife Lee Anne Watts. They were also blessed with 6 Grand children and 3 Great Grand Children, Her Grand children are Heather, Laura, Rachel, Emily, Megan, and William. Her Great Grandchildren Embry, Ellie, and Hayden.

      Velia 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, Velia’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, Velia 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. Velia 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 Civil Engineer. She worked on both Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph Air Force Base.

      Velia 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 Judge Judy, Bingo, Lottery Tickets and Scratch Offs. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Because she liked to take risks. She was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. Velia was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Her Favorite sports to watch were Football and Basketball.

      Velia 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, Velia worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. Throughout her later years, Velia was an active member of the The American GI Forum, Woman's Chapter.

      Velia was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Velia’s favorites was Frances, a Chihuahua and General, a Lab Husky Mix. They were best friends for 16 years and 12 years. Chevy and Prescott, both lab mix and cats Cornilious, Fluffy, and Gracie who were the apples of her eye.

      When Velia’s retirement finally came in 1995, she was well prepared. She used logical analysis of her retirement options in order to ensure her retirement would be fulfilling. Still, she was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. In retirement, she found pleasure in spending time with her grandchildren and family.

      Velia passed away on July 25, 2020 at North Central Baptist Hospital. Complications from COVID-19. She is survived by Her sons Robert Watts and Charlie and his wife Lee Anne Watts; Her grandchildren Heather, Laura, Rachel, Emily, Megan, and William; Her great grandchildren Embry, Ellie, and Hayden; Her siblings Maria Luisa Flores, Humberto Valdez Jr, and Margarita Novak. Services were held at Colonial Funeral Home.

      Velia 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 Velia 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 Velia Valdez Watts.

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