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Patricia Kelly Watt

April 30, 1927 — January 8, 2021

Patricia Kelly Watt, 93, a resident of Wolfeboro, NH passed away peacefully on January 8th, 2021. She was born at the "Stork's Nest" in Tucson, Arizona in April 1927, to Paul William and Esther Kelly. Soon afterwards her family moved back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to be closer to family. She lived in Pittsburgh until her marriage to George Watt and then raised her own family in Birmingham, Michigan. Patricia was a strong advocate of civic activism. She worked tirelessly, contributing to her community through the many committees and boards she served on. In the 1970s Patricia served as a city commissioner for several years before becoming mayor pro-tem. Through the years she served as a chairperson and alternate delegate for the Women's League of Voters, delegate to the National and Michigan Municipal League of Cities, president of the SE Michigan Beautification Council, president of BASCC, and volunteered on committees for the Board of Education and CECAC. She was also a deacon and an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham. On Nov. 11th, 1999 the State of Michigan presented Patricia with the First Citizen Award and US Congress gave her a special tribute in recognition of her leadership in the community. In 1999 she decided to "retire." Having spent summers at the family lake cottage in Moultonborough, NH since the 1950s, and missing her grandchildren, she finally made the move to Wolfeboro, NH. Not one to sit idle she joined the Village Players’ play reading group and the Historical Society. Patricia had a love of antiques, skiing and attending plays and musicals. She was a loving and well-respected individual with a delightful sense of humor. She was always extremely conscientious, striving to fairly balance the needs of the community. Patricia is pre-deceased by her husband, George J. Watt. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Kathryn Aitken of Wolfeboro; her son and his wife, William and Diana Watt of Rochester Hills, Michigan; her granddaughter, Jennifer Dow and her husband, Cris Dow of Wolfeboro; her grandson, Raymond Miller of Austin, Texas. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren of Wolfeboro, Fox and Mira Dow. Funeral arrangements were provided by Baker-Gagne in Wolfeboro and Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Michigan. A private graveside service was held at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Michigan. Memorial tributes can be addressed to the Village Players or the Libby Museum in Wolfeboro. The Baker-Gagne Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be shared at www.baker-gagnefuneralhomes.com
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