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Elizabeth T. Watts, nursing assistant, union leader; Oct. 15, 1924 -- Dec. 29, 2010

Elizabeth T. Watts, who worked as a nursing assistant at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and was a longtime union leader, died Dec. 29 in Highlands at Brighton Transitional Care Facility, Rochester. She was 86.

Born Elizabeth Bessie Morris in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School. She started work at Roswell Park in 1960 and served for many years in the Civil Service Employees Association as a union steward and a member of the bargaining unit's negotiating team.

Mrs. Watts was respected among fellow union employees as the go-to steward for contract grievances and other employment issue. She retired in 1983.

She is survived by a son, Leroyal Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon today in Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 317 Leroy Ave., after a wake at 11.


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