Wathena Burton Watt – January 13, 2015

Watt Obit PicWathena Burton Watt, 86, of Amarillo, departed this world for heaven on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.

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.

0 Replies to “Wathena Burton Watt – January 13, 2015”

  1. Frankie, Carson and family,
    I am remembering fond memories of your sweet mother — especially the time she sheltered us from a tornado that terrorized the skies above Pampa. She was always so kind and gracious. My mother, Joyce Carter, was a long-time friend of Wathena’s. By now, they have once again met and are praising God together.
    It is so difficult to say good-bye, but so glorious for her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  2. Frankie, Carson, and family,
    Wathena was a beautiful and sweet person. We loved going to her home and enjoyed the incredible meals she made! We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Bobby and Karen Watt

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