MONROE, UT — Helen “Lennie” Constance Watters Washburn, 99, died May 25, 2019, at her home in Monroe. She was born May 18, 1920, in Plumweseep, New Brunswick, Canada, to Celenna Watson Watters and Wilbur S. Watters. She grew up in Wilmington, Massachusetts, and graduated as class valedictorian from Wilmington High School. She attended Boston University, and then went to nursing school at Massachusetts General Hospital. While working as a registered nurse she met Clayton Washburn, who was working on the development of radar at MIT. They were married June 25, 1943. After WWII they moved first to the Chicago area, then to Thornwood, New York, where they lived for 50 years. In their late 80s they decided to build a home and retire to Clayton’s boyhood hometown of Monroe.
Lennie continued part-time in her nursing career as she raised four children. Later she became the business, personnel and production manager of their company, Washburn Laboratories, Inc., playing a pivotal role in making it the success it became.
Lennie was always deeply involved in her community. She was active in the PTA, the Women’s Club, the Girl Scouts and many other social and civic organizations. She loved houseplants and gardening, ballroom dancing, crafts of all sorts, particularly sewing, the Utah Jazz, and was an avid traveler. She was gracious and welcoming to all and loved and admired.
She is survived by her four children, David, Christie (Erwin Sityar), Gay Washburn, Sharon W. Southerland (Patrick); two grandchildren, Alex Sityar and Sarah Southerland (Tom Cervantes); her sister Fyrne Watters Estes; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in June at her home, 2581 North Washburnville Road, Monroe. Burial was at Monroe City Cemetery.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Magleby Mortuary.)
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