Wathena is preceded in death by her parents Reed and Lois Burton; brothers Gordon, Doyle, Troy and Dallas Burton; sisters Mary Alice Durman and Doris Thornton; and her adoring husband Billy G. Watt of Pampa, Texas.
Bill and Wathena were married on October 9, 1954 and raised their family in Pampa where they were members of First United Methodist Church. Wathena taught music at William B. Travis Elementary School for many years. They moved to Amarillo in 1991 where they were members of Saint Stephen United Methodist Church.
Born on October 17, 1928 in Springfield Colorado, Wathena was raised on a farm near Felt, Oklahoma with her parents, five brothers and six sisters. She graduated from Panhandle State University in Oklahoma, and then began her long career as a beloved elementary school music teacher.
She was truly the heart of the home, and spoiled her family and friends continually with homemade pies, cakes, cinnamon rolls, and delicious meals. She found great joy playing the piano for her Bridgebuilders Sunday School class, singing in the STARS choir and gathering with her Lunch Bunch. She also loved being “Nana” to her precious granddaughter Avery.
Survivors include a son, Carson Watt, of Midland; a daughter, Frankie Mercurio and husband Guy of Dallas; a granddaughter, Avery Mercurio of Dallas; twin brother, Wendell Burton and wife Opal of Boise City, Okla; and four sisters, Christine Schoenhals of Panhandle, Helen Miller and husband Jack of Buffalo, Okla., Anna Carol Walters and husband Bucky of Greeley, Colo. and Gladys Schneider and husband Dennis of Cimarron, NM, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, extended family members and close friends.
Services will be at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at St. Stephen United Methodist Church with Dr. Stan Cosby, senior pastor, and John Henley officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 4600 S Western St, Amarillo, TX 79109.