Lyllis Faye Watts

OSWEGO — Lyllis Faye Watts, 74, of Oswego passed from this life in the early morning of Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at her sister’s house in Joplin with her family at her side.

Faye was born Jan. 15, 1947, in the family farmhouse located just west of Hallowell to Eugene Burton and Lillie June (Zwahlen) Newbanks.

Faye graduated from Oswego High School with the Class of 1965. She continued her education and received a Bachelor of Education from Kansas Teachers College in 1969. She taught school at Neosho Heights Elementary in Oswego for many years. She retired in 2007 and then started substitute teaching for a few years after that.

Faye was a member of Mother of God Catholic Church, Oswego. Along with the church, Faye was a part of the Betta Sigma Phi Sorority, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Oswego Choir, PTO and the National Education Association. She taught disco and country dance lessons. Early in Faye’s childhood, she enjoyed going out with her grandmother and picking pecans. She spent time outdoors tending to her garden and flowers. She was always active with kids in various activities they were involved in, but especially when it came to her own grandchildren which she cherished deeply. She was known to many for her cooking, and at the end of the day she enjoyed reading.

Faye was united in marriage to Ted Raymond Watts on Aug. 26, 1967, in Parsons. He preceded her in death on Nov. 13, 2015. She was also preceded in death by her father, Eugene Burton Newbanks.

Faye is survived by two sons, Thom Watts and his wife, Sarah, of Pittsburg and Brad Watts and his wife, Julee, of Joplin; her mother, June Newbanks of Oswego; her twin sister, Kaye Horn and her husband, Shelby, of Joplin; a brother, C.W. Newbanks and his wife, Joyce, of Olathe; a special niece, Tonya Horn of Joplin; three grandchildren, Lily Watts, Teagan Watts and Holland Watts; many nieces and nephews; and a special companion, her dog Molly.    

The funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mother of God Catholic Church, Oswego. Father Larry Parker will officiate. Burial will follow in Oswego Cemetery. The rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at Mother of God Catholic Church with visitation to follow. Masks will be required at the church. Pallbearers for the service are Don Roberts, Mike Zwahlen, Rod Monroe, John Williams, Tom Fouts, and Bob Cross. Honorary pallbearers are Phil Blair, Stephen Muhr and Rod Orem.

Memorials may be made to Mother of God Catholic Church or Oswego USD 504 in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.

Recommended for you