Katherine Wilbanks Watts

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Katherine Wilbanks Watts, 96, of Baton Rouge, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family, caregivers and her beautiful textile art work. With degrees from Southwestern Louisiana Institute in Lafayette and LSU, she taught clothing and textile design at LSU. Her lifelong love of textiles led her to the promotion of quilts as an art form. She was a co-owner of Fiber Five, a quilting and weaving shop; participated in local and national art quilt and needlework groups and exhibitions; and was instrumental in passing fiber arts on to another generation. Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 23, 2013, in Baton Rouge. Interment followed in Greenoaks Memorial Park in Baton Rouge under direction of Rabenhorst Funeral Home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burl Watts; son, Al Watts; parents, Kate and Harvey Wilbanks; and brothers, Dan Wilbanks and Sam Wilbanks. Survivors include her daughters, Katy Prescott and husband Billy, and Corinne Watts; grandsons, Sam Prescott and wife Susanne, and Chris Prescott and wife Kelley; great grandchildren, Janice, Samuel, Grace and Lillie Prescott; daughter-in-law, Gayle Watts Jordan; sister, Lemoine Reedstrum; and sister-in-law, Kathlyn Wilbanks. Pallbearers were Billy Prescott, Gregg Wilbanks, Gary Wilbanks, Sam Prescott, Chris Prescott, and Samuel Prescott. Memorials may be made in Katherine’s name to the LSU Foundation for the benefit of LSU Textile and Costume Museum, 3838 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
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