Myrtice Marr Watts

Myrtice Marr Watts peacefully passed away on March 7 from complications related to herstruggle with Alzheimer's disease.

Born in Los Angeles in 1939, her family moved to Taft, California at the end of WWII where her father worked for Mobil Oil in the Pipeline Department.

 She spent her formative years in and around Taft, graduating from Taft Union High School in 1957. Her mother, Hazel Holt, who graduated from T.U.H.S. in 1934, also died from Alzheimer's.

Myrtice won awards (Bank of America) for her excellent business skills. She was an active  member of the First Baptist Church of Taft, as well as Job's Daughters at the local Masonic Lodge where her father was a Mason.

She attended Taft College for two years where she was the ASB Secretary and the AWS President in 1959.  After earning her A.A. degree, she followed her older brother, Jess, to Ottawa University where she earned her B.A. and her teaching credential in 196l.  

She returned to Taft High in 1963, teaching business classes before marrying Richard "Bob" Watts and moving to the San Diego area, eventually settling in Escondido where Bob became the city's Fire Chief.  Myrtice worked as the city manager's personal secretary until her retirement.

   Prior to Bob's death in 2015, they had moved to Mesquite, Nevada, and were very active in the Sun City community. They especially enjoyed playing cards ("Hand & Foot", in particular) and loved to travel in their R.V.

   Myrtice is survived by an older brother, Jess Marr and his wife, Pat, as well as nephews, John and David Marr and a niece, Rebecca Marr of Maryland.

   In addition to her care-givers at Mesa Valley Estates in Mesquite, Bob's nephew, Larry Ward and his wife, Brenda, also of Mesquite, looked after her and provided excellent care for her in her final years.

   According to her wishes, her ashes will be scattered over Mesquite, Nevada.

Posted online on March 17, 2021