Niagara Gazette


July 6, 2014

Diana R. Watts Young

NIAGARA FALLS — Diana R. (nee Smith) Watts Young, 93, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed from this life on            Saturday, July 5, 2014 in Schoellkopf Health Care Facility, while under the loving care of Niagara Hospice. Born on November 26, 1920 in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Dr. William A. and Gypsy (Dennis) Smith.

Diana was a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, NY. She attended local schools and graduated from the former LaSalle High School. In 1972, Diana was predeceased by her first husband, Edgar J. Watts, Sr. and on July 9, 1977, she married Wilfred L. Young. Mr. Young predeceased her on July 13, 2012. Diana was employed as a secretary for the Niagara Falls Board of Education, until her retirement in the early 1980s. She was a member of the former St. Paul's Methodist Church and currently St. James United Methodist Church. Diana was also a member of the Professional Women Writers. She enjoyed spending the winter months, with her late husband, Wilfred, in Punta Gorda, FL.  

Diana is survived by four children, Bronwyn (Wayne) Bridges of Texas, Bette-Lynn (Robert) Deshler of Niagara Falls, NY, Robert (Deborah) Watts of Georgia, and Edgar J. "Jim" Watts, Jr. of Niagara Falls, NY, and seven step-children, Patricia (Stephen) Hurd of Florida, Christine (Ronald) Grawe of Tennessee, Charles (Christine) Young of Virginia, Kenneth Young of New York State, Judith (Samuel) Godwin of South Carolina, Michael Young of New York State, and Janet (Michael) Neuman of Niagara Falls, NY. She is also survived by several grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, many great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her spouses, Diana was predeceased by one step-daughter, Rachael (David of Georgia) Walter; one great-granddaughter, Amberlyn       Cunningham and siblings, Dudley (Lillian of Pennsylvania) Smith, Gypsy Smith, William (late Dorothy) Smith, Patricia (late Irving) West and Jacquelyn (late Raymond) Lester.

A time of visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM in the Chapel of OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY (716-297-9007), where a funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 10th at 10:00 AM, with Rev. Calvin Babcock officiating. Prayers of committal and interment will continue in Niagara Falls Memorial Park Cemetery in Lewiston, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094.

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