In Memoriam

Sister Lila Watt, OP (Dominic Marie)

Lila Watt headshot


Sister Lila Watt, formerly known as Sister Dominic Marie, died on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 90 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Lila was born in Elmhurst, Illinois, to Melvin and Charlotte (Daley) Watt. She graduated from Josephinum High School in Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in secretarial science from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in education from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida. 

Sister Lila ministered for 44 years in elementary and secondary education in Munising, Deerfield, Iron River, and Ypsilanti, Michigan; West Palm Beach, Florida; Nassau, the Bahamas; and Chicago, Lombard, and Hometown, Illinois. This includes teaching for three years at Aquinas High School in Chicago, a Congregation-sponsored institution. She also served in secretarial ministry for seven years in Chicago and in Hometown, Illinois, where she was executive secretary for the Midwest Mission Chapters. 

Sister became a resident at the Dominican Life Center in 1995. Sister Lila was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Melvin Watt, Harry Watt, and Neil Watt. She is survived by her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Lila will be on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Monday, November 25, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Mass of Christian Burial will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. 

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.




Vigil for Sister Lila (Dominic Marie):

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Funeral for Sister Lila (Dominic Marie):

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Left: With her brother Harry; Right: Sister Lila Watt in Lumen Ecclesiae (St. Dominic) Chapel, Siena Heights University

From left: Sisters Lila Watt (left) and Donna Markham; Sister Lila Watt at Navy Pier, Chicago, October 1998; Sisters Dorothy Worthy (left) and Lila Watt

From left: Lila in the Maria Dining Room at the Dominican Life Center, December 2011; Members of the 2010 Diamond Jubilee, December Reception Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Kieran Therese Quirke, Mary White, Ann Rozalia Szabo, Shirley Smith, Jeannine Therese McGorray, Geraldine Maloney, and Sean Morley; middle row, from left, Sisters Rita Crotty, Lucy Ann Quinn, Loretta May, Noreen Burke, Genevieve Jeziolkowski, Marlene Kuhnlein, and Janet Michael Hudspeth; and front row, from left, Sisters Lila Watt, Carol Denise Koenig, Virginia Beattie, Maria Goretti Browne, Ellen Kennedy, Joseph Eilese Hukle, and Donna Markham (Prioress).

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