Betty Ruth (Nichols) Watts was born on December 18,1930 to the late Grace and James Nichols. She was the third child of this union and is preceded in death by her brother James Jr. and sisters Dorothy and Jean.
Betty was educated in the Philadelphia School System and graduated with honors from Simon Gratz High School. Not long after leaving high school she met James “JImmy” Watts through mutual family friends.
As fate would have it, the two were married on September 20,1948. The couple was blessed with four children, Carolyn, Gwendolyn, Jacqueline and James Jr. forming a beautiful family.
Betty was a smart, loving and talented women with a generous spirit.
Her thirst for God led the family to Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Leon H. Sullivan. It was there that she blossomed in her Christian walk. She assisted with her girls in the Girl Scouts, became a member of the Missionary Society, taught Sunday School for many years for which she was honored. Betty loved and encouraged all children. She wanted the best for them, insisting on good behavior and good grades. She also was a Member of Club 55 and volunteered at the Zion church Food Bank..
Betty utilized her creative and organizational gifts and sought employment outside the home.She became an executive assistant at several major institutions including the United States Mint, the Customs House and Planned Parenthood of Temple University Hospital. It was at Temple where she took courses and developed longtime friendships. While maintaining a fulfilling work life, Betty excelled in her creative gift becoming an extraordinary self-taught dressmaker. Not only did she adorn her three girls and herself in lovely ensembles, she created for family and friends as well. There were always projects in the works and a flurry of activity with fittings and such. She developed quite a client base.
And when she wasn’t sewing she enjoyed solving the daily Cryptogram puzzle with Jimmy. But in her later years she got great joy from coloring with daughter Carol and maybe a little Bingo with Gwen and strolling the gardens with James and Julia. The highlight of those times were being surrounded by her grandchildren.
Betty gave generously to several organizations but those dearest to her were In Touch Ministries and World Vision where she sponsored children from Haiti.
While living at the Plaza Apartments in Jenkintown during the later part of her life, she joined the knitting club, volunteered at Abington Hospital providing comfort to patients and became a member of the senior group at Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park.
It was the last several years that challenged Betty the most, both physically and cognitively and although she made 90 years, it was a blessing that God called her back to him. Although her children were very dutiful, it is her daughter Jackie who was there every step of the way as her primary caregiver. She leaves to carry on her legacy her daughters and son James, daughter-in-law Julia, seven grandchildren Kenneth, Stephanye, Stephon, Iyasu, Abeni, Serene and Kidane, cousins Beverly Ellis, Gwendolyn Thomas, Ruth Mayer, Mary Barron, sister-in-law Ella Wright and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
With loving gratitude, The Family
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