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Claree Patricia Watts
(Died May 10, 2013)

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Claree Patricia Watts

Claree P. Watts, 84, of Gary, died early Friday, May 10th 2013. She was born October 30th, 1928 in Butler, Alabama to Oscar and Rosa Taylor. She married Clyde Watts who preceded her in death on February 16, 2008. She was a longtime resident of Gary, Indiana where she lived since leaving her childhood home in Butler, Alabama. She received her Bachelor Degree from Purdue University Calumet in 1980 and completed her Master Degree program in Early Childhood Education at Indiana University Northwest. She retired from the Gary Community School Corporation. She was a Charter Member of Christ Baptist Church and a member of the Magnificent Ladies Chapter of the Red Hat Society. She was preceded in death by her parents Oscar Taylor, Sr. and Rosa Taylor and three brothers, Tutweiler, Leo and Attorney Robert Taylor. Claree is survived by her four children, Gayel Watts Coleman; Dr. Karen Watts (Patrick) Dolan; Gina Watts (Anthony) Ellison and Clyde Watts, III; two brothers, Oscar (Lorraine) Taylor, Jr. and Reverend Charles B. (Carolyn) Taylor; three sisters, Dasiree McKissack, Thelma L. Taylor and Rose E. Taylor; two grandchildren, Samantha Thomas and Anthony Land; two great-grandchildren, Lawren and Samara Thomas and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins. Funeral services will be held at Christ Baptist Church, 4700 E. 7th Avenue, Gary, IN on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Visitation is from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Funeral begins at 10 a.m. Burial at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois.

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