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Marian Watt

Marian Watt, 91, died in Ashland on . Busy and active until the last hours of her life, she had just taken a computer lesson, was working on a family genealogy and had a pot of chicken soup cooking on the stove when she suffered a stroke.

Marian Caroline Gary was born September 18, 1912 in Willamette (now West Linn), Oregon. Her father, Theodore James Gary, was the principal of Buckman School in Portland. Her mother, Marian Swanby Gary, had taught in one room schools. Marian had an older brother, Ted.

Marian attended Oregon State College (now OSU). She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in education in 1934. After graduation, she taught high school in Canby, Salem and Portland for six years.

In 1940, Marian married Dr. Donald Crane Prentiss. They lived in Astoria, Oregon where he was a pathologist, and had two children, Carolyn and Charles. Donald died in 1943. Marian returned to OSC the next year to earn a Master's degree in nutrition.

In 1946, Marian moved with her children and her mother to Orange County, California, where she worked for seventeen years as a Home Advisor for the University of California Agricultural Extension Service. Following that, she lived in Riverside for — years, traveling as Regional Coordinator for home advisors in the southern third of the state. In 1968-9 and 1972-3, she worked in San Diego and San Bernardino implementing low income nutrition programs.

In 1969, Marian married Lawrence Archibald, who was a retired high school teacher and a grower of prize winning dahlias. They lived in Carlsbad, California until Larry's death in 1971.

In 1973, Marian married Robert H. Watt, a retired mink rancher, and moved to his family home in Bay City, Oregon. For the next fifteen years they enjoyed traveling in their motor home, hunting, fishing and providing good food and good cheer to family and friends. While in Bay City, Marian was active in the Methodist Church, Bay City Boosters, Shakespeare Club and other community activities.

Bob died in 1988 and in 1990 Marian moved to Ashland. Always looking for a way to learn or to help others, Marian participated in many activities of the Congregational Church and AAUW, volunteered at the Shakespeare Festival and the Community Health Center, participated in Drama Dialogues and the Age Wisely, Age Well program, took bridge and cross-country ski lessons, attended SOLIR classes, became a Master Preserver and traveled widely with Elderhostel, Friendship Force and friends.

Marian had a vivid memory and was "The Keeper of the Stories." She kept track of an enormous web of family, friends and acquaintances from the many chapters of her life. She was a genealogist and family historian and was busy updating a book about the five Watt brothers of Bay City when she died.

Marian Watt is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Prentiss, son-in-law, Craig Shaw, and granddaughter, Sara Prentiss-Shaw, of Ashland; son, Charles Prentiss, daughter-in-law, Nikki Silva, grandchildren, Carlos Prentiss, Kate Prentiss, Molly Prentiss, Grace Prentiss, and Sam Scott; in-laws, Dianne Ritner Prentiss and Ellen Creighton Scott; stepchildren Lorraine Ackley, Richard Archibald, Edward Archibald, Joan Ross, Phyllis Wustenberg, Barbara Dixon, and Robert M. Watt; sister-in-law, Gene Gary; and nieces, Phyllis Gary, Gail Lembke, Beth Tomasovich, Janice Kirkland, and Roberta Taylor.

A memorial service will be held at the Congregational Church in Ashland on Sunday, February — at — p.m. Wear something purple!

A celebration of Marian's life will be held June 27 at ArtSpace in Bay City, Oregon. Her ashes will be interred in the Bay City cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Northwest Medical Teams, P.O. Box 10, Portland, OR, 97207.

Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Ashland, OR.