Josephine Watts, 91, of Galveston, passed away Monday, August 04, 2014, in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was born September 10, 1922, in Dickinson, Texas, to Camella and Michael Scrofne. Josephine started school without knowing a word of English, as her parents spoke Italian. After helping raise brothers and sisters, Josephine married and had children of her own. Once her children were old enough to attend school, she began work in the cafeteria at Stephen F. Austin Jr. High School, where she was employed for 26 years. After her retirement in 1985, Josephine volunteered at Our Daily Bread, where once again she put her cooking skills to great use for many, many years.
Josephine was a longtime member of Crockett Place United Methodist Church and later Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church. She was the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award in 2001 and was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Josephine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willie R. Watts; infant daughter, Willette Watts; brothers, Sam, Johnny, and Joseph (Joe) Scrofne; and sisters, Annie Emmitte and Jenny Campo.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jo Chamberlin (Edwin); daughter, Camille Richards; and son, Roy Watts (Peggy); sister, Virginia Greenville; grandchildren: Phillip Chamberlin (Beth); John Chamberlin (Becky); Bobby Seward (Fawnda); Erin Garcia (Jacob); Jesse Plummer Watts; 10 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Josephine’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Friday, August 8th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will begin at 6:00 pm.
Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Saturday, August 9th, at Moody Methodist Church with Rev. Bert Bagley officiating. Burial will follow at Old Dickinson Cemetery in Dickinson, TX.
Pallbearers will be John Chamberlin, Phillip Chamberlin, Tommy Anderson, Christopher Anderson, Frank Culligan and Ted Hanley.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Daily Bread or The Jesse Tree.