Jewell Babin Watts, a native of Baton Rouge, LA and a resident of Gonzales, LA passed away Friday June 30, 2023 at the age of 96. She was preceded in death by her beloved and loving husband of 73 years, Edwin “Abe” Watts; son Edwin “Pudgy” Watts; daughter, Virginia “Ginnie” Watts; granddaughter, Ashton Ford; and brothers, Warren, Buddy and Dalton Babin. Youngest Son, Tim “Slick” Watts passed away two days after her death following a positive and courageous battle against cancer.
She is survived by son Chris (Barbara), daughter Suzy (Butch), daughter in law Berta Watts, daughter in law Lorraine Bourgeois, #4 son Lee Gaudin (Darlene) and grandchildren Missy Watts-Spruill, Grady Watts, Monique Morris, Mark Bertrand, Wyatt Watts, Bree Lavigne, Taylor Ford and Jessie Watts along with numerous great grandchildren.
Momma was Vice president of First National Bank while dad worked shift work (7-day cycles of days, 7-3 nights, 11-7 and 3-11’s) at Ormet. Mom and Dad were quite the tag team when it came to parenting. If and when we were stupid enough to cross the Little General, she was more than adept at handling things, calling on Dad when more prohibitive action was needed. Heavier corporal punishment would then be doled out, sometimes at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, sometimes at 11 o’clock at night and, my personal favorite, getting rolled out of bed at 7 o’clock in the morning, listening to Pudgy getting his with me on deck.
Momma loved playing cards and games, and she really enjoyed winning games of scrabble, rummy, spades and bouree. Mom did not enjoy losing games of scabble, rummy, spades and bouree.
Mom and Dad got to travel later in life, even making a couple of trips to Omaha with the Tigers. They were longtime season ticket holders, along with Uncle Warren and Aunt Betty, and enjoyed the times at Alex Box. After Uncle Warren passed away, Mom and Aunt Betty would take a day trip once a week, checking out local culture and cuisine. She really enjoyed those times.
We grew up with great friends and neighbors on Black Bayou Road. I want again to thank Marty and Donna Bourque and Ronnie Peno for checking up on Abe and Jewell Mae as they got older.
What I wouldn’t give right now for a Jewell Mae seafood platter of shrimp and cornbread stuffing bell peppers, seafood gumbo, hush puppies and the piece de resistance, fried fish cakes. Rest in peace Mom.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Visitation at St. Mark Catholic Church, 42021 Hwy 621, Gonzales, LA on Monday, July 10, 2023 from 9AM until 10AM. The Funeral Mass will begin at 10AM. Interment to follow at Hope Haven Mausoleum, Gonzales, LA