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Helen  Watts
Helen Watts

May 30, 1926 - January 6, 2020
Born in Exchange, PA
Resided in Urbandale, Iowa
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Helen H. Watts, age 93, of Urbandale, Iowa passed away peacefully on Monday, January 6, 2020.

Helen was born in Exchange, Pennsylvania on May 30, 1926. In September 1944 at the age of 18, Helen joined the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. She graduated from the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps on September 25, 1947. Helen met her husband, Harry, in Ann Arbor, Michigan when she was working as a nurse and Harry was attending law school at the University of Michigan. Helen and Harry were married on September 9, 1950, in Turbotville, Pennsylvania. After Harry finished law school in1951, Harry and Helen settled in Harry’s hometown of Des Moines. Harry and Helen raised three children (Harry T., Jr. (Terry), Thomas R. Watts (Tom), and Susan E. Watts.) While raising her three children, Helen obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Drake University in 1971. In addition to being a beloved wife and mother, Helen was a voracious reader. Helen loved entertaining and playing bridge with her friends. She also enjoyed sewing, cooking, and playing tennis. After her three children went away to college, she and Harry liked to travel and were members of the Friendship Force. Helen was also an active member of P.E.O. for many years.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband Harry and son Terry. Helen is survived by her son Tom of Downers Grove, IL and daughter Susan of Montgomery, AL. Helen is also survived by her daughter-in-law Libby of Sandy Springs, GA and five grandchildren, Tommy of Downers, Grove, IL, Robin of Denver, CO, Andy of Atlanta, GA, Tristan Jarrett of Orlando, FL, and Dillon Jarrett of Montgomery, AL.

Donations can be made in her honor to P.E.O. International Headquarters, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312.

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