WICHITA — Gertrude Josephine Watts, 83, of Wichita, formerly of Newton, passed into the arms of the Lord Sunday (April 27, 2008).


WICHITA — Gertrude Josephine Watts, 83, of Wichita, formerly of Newton, passed into the arms of the Lord Sunday (April 27, 2008). She was born May 29, 1924, in Decatur, Ill. She was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with a passion for learning, especially history and politics. Endlessly giving of her time, she volunteered for many organizations and activities, including Alpha Phi Mothers' Club, Girl Scout leader, Altar Society, St. Mary’s church and school in Newton, school field trips, room parent for her children and so much more. There was never a time that she could not find time to help others, her family or children. Always continuing to educated herself, she went to college at age 52 and earned a Real Estate Broker’s license, founding her own company, G.W. Realty. She was the recipient of the “Honorary Lifetime Member of Newton Realty Board Association” award. Gertrude’s strength, love, passion, and kindness will truly be missed. She is survived by daughters, Marilyn Whitcomb, Teresa Gray and Alicia Glass; brother, Phillip Elam; sisters, Estella Rothermich and Martha Henderson; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Watts; brothers, Louis and Wilbur Elam; sister, Helen Dickson; and sons, Mark Watts and David Watts. Viewing wil be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Thursay, with a rosary service at 7 p.m. Thursday at Downing and Lahey Mortuary East, 655 East Central in Wichita. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Savior Catholic Church, 1425 N. Chautauqua St. in Wichita. Burial and graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Cemetery in Quincy, Ill. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with Holy Savior Catholic Academy, 6355 E. Willowbrook, Wichita KS 67218. Tributes may be sent to the family via www.dlwichita.com.