May 18, 2018 Marilyn Jeanette Watt joined family that preceded her and moved on into new adventures in the great beyond. That was the day she lost her battle with Alzheimer’s.
Marilyn J. Thompson was born in San Francisco in 1925; the youngest of three children of Arthur Raymond Thompson and Beatrice Eva Butler. Her brother died of aplastic anemia which she too was afflicted at the age of 10 in 1935. This caused her to miss lots of school, spending days in the sun (the common treatment for it back then). She moved around a lot in San Francisco. Her father was a prolific inventor and her mother a Registered Nurse at an orphanage.
Babe, as her parents called her, was attending high school when World War II started. During the war she worked at Hunters Point in San Francisco at the Bethlehem Steel shipyard of “Rosie the Riveter” fame.
When she was 10 years old her dog, Peggy, had puppies. She gave one of the puppies to the love of her life, Ray Watt. Years later on July 7, 1951, they were married. They were together constantly until he passed away in 1998. They both shared a tremendous love of animals and always had several pets as members of their family.
Marilyn lived her entire life either in or around “the city”. Marilyn and Ray had three children; Wendy Lynn Watt, Lori Marie Watt and Douglas Ray Watt. The children grew up in San Mateo. Then they all moved to San Jose where they lived for over 40 years. While in San Jose, she volunteered as a master gardener for UC Cal Extension and donated her time to a women's shelter through her church. Most recently Marilyn moved to Mountain House, as she fondly told people, to “help Wendy out”.
Because she loved plants and gardening so much she had two elevated planter boxes installed in her new home in Mtn. House so she could continue gardening while using her walker. Marilyn was an avid painter in past days even enjoying “paint parties” recently at the memory care facility at Astoria Gardens in Tracy. She considered herself an “American Artist”.
Marilyn is survived by her two daughters and their husbands; John & Wendy Tocchini of Tracy and Gary and Lori Goldberg of Central Point, Oregon. She had Twelve grandchildren; Jessica Goldberg, Amanda & Bryan Collins, Wade & Penny Fasshauer, Sarah Goldberg and Shaun Vanderzyl, Cody & Kelly Ross, Levi & Dannette Ross and Casey Ross. She also had Ten Great Grandchildren; Jordin Collins, Kirstin Collins, Serenna Williams, Brionna Williams, Colton Ross, Tanner Ross, Shane Ross, Kaden Ross, Brooklynn Ross and most recently Georgia Vanderzyl.