Obituaries: Jean Watts

Jean Watts

Jean Watts

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Jean Watts, of the Almshouses, West Street, Bourne, died at Peterborough City Hospital, aged 83.

The eldest of seven children born to Charles and Kathleen Putterill, she was educated at Sutton St James and Spalding schools.

She worked at Johnson Hospital and on the land before meeting her husband Bryan and marrying in 1952 at Spalding Parish Church.

In 1957 Jean moved with Bryan to Dyke Fen starting their own farming business, taking on a tenancy from Lincolnshire County 
Council.

By the 1960 she had three children, Susan, George and Christine and as well as looking after her husband and children she worked on the farm, doing both labour work in the fields and secretarial work for the farm.

At the age of 59 Jean was widowed and moved from the farm to Stubbs Close, Dyke. She spent her time helping with her six grandchildren and enjoying holidays with her daughters and sister Eileen and husband - something she was not able to do while on the farm.

She enjoyed Cornwall, Isle of Wight, Devon, Norfolk, Spain and Holland.

After 20 years she moved to the Almshouses, in Bourne, and was looked after by wardens Roy and Sue Walton.

Here she made many new friends at both the Darby and Joan Club and Butterfield Centre, where she enjoyed all the activities.

Her hobbies included word search and watching TV, especially cricket and Formula 1 motor racing. She was still able to do her own shopping, cooking and cleaning up until her death, which was a big achievement.

Father Peter Lister officiated at the funeral service at Bourne Abbey Church. Interment at Bourne Cemetery followed.

She leaves her children Susan, George and Christine.

Family mourners included: Susan and Tony Barnett, George and Gail Watts, Christine Hill, Darren and Lindsey, Matthew, David, Alice and Adam, Stephanie and Chris, Shannon, Eileen and Denny Barker, Shirley and Peter Hall (representing family), Terry and Bet Putterill (family), David and Liz Putterill (family), Carol and Neil Johnson, Richard and Ann Putterill, Maxine Chandler, Theresa and Tanya, Marion and Mick Scrupps, Betty Putterill, Janet Pell, Enid Mills.

Sympathisers included: Brian Hill, Tara Kemp and Susan Redshaw (Doris Robinson and Darby and Joan Club), Debbie Hague and Brenda Wells (Butterfield Centre), Roy and Sue Walton, wardens (Almshouses), Philip and Joy Sherwin, Philip and Gwen Leverton, Janet Marshall, Viv and Denis Barnett, Chris Bailey (Lisa Watson Bailey, Nigel Bailey (Lisa Roberts Bailey, Sheila Bailey), Sharon Jackson and Jacob Cobley (Jade Howes, Chloe Cobley), Rachel Cobley (Ivan Cobley), Richard Cobley, Ray and Jane Brooks, Jess Cobley, Stan Horton, Julie Ingram (Keith Ingram), Mick and Val Reilly (Katy and Sean Reilly), Bob and Gail Wood (family), Andi Walker (Kieran).