Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church recently hosted a birthday dinner in the church’s fellowship hall for Armentra Watts, in celebration of her 100th birthday.
Watts is one of the church’s oldest members and attended worship services until earlier this year. She would drive herself, according to a church spokesman.
Watts was born Aug. 8, 1912, at Moscow, to Walter and Iola Rhodes. She was married to Oscar Watts in 1935. The couple moved to Chicago in 1942, where she worked hard on many jobs. She retired from S&L Novelty Company as a power machine operator, making caps and hats for men, before moving back to Arkansas in 1979. They had no children and were married for 69 years.
Watts attributes her long life to “God’s blessings.” “God has been good to me,” she said. Watts’ favorite pastimes include fishing and gardening, which were her main reasons for moving back to Arkansas.