20 November 2023 |
Summarized from a post by the Association of Adventist Women – full obituary can be found here.
Kit Watts, a trailblazing figure in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and a tireless advocate for gender equality in ministry, died on November 15, 2023, in Walla Walla, Washington. Watts leaves behind a legacy of significant achievements and resolute dedication to her cause.
Born on December 5, 1943, Kit devoted over 40 years of her life to service within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She was a recipient of an MSLIS in library science from the University of Maryland and a master’s in religion from Andrews Seminary. Her pioneering spirit led her to become the first woman on the pastoral staff at Sligo Church and, later, the assistant editor of the Adventist Review. Kit also served as the periodical librarian at Andrews University and as an assistant to the president for communication in the Southeastern California Conference.
Kit’s passion for equality and recognition of women in ministry was notable. She meticulously documented the journeys of women pastors within the Adventist church, providing valuable historical context to their struggles and achievements. Her efforts in organizing and preserving these records were a testament to her dedication and foresight. One of her most notable contributions was founding the Women’s Resource Center at La Sierra University, where she served as its first director. This center became an important resource and source of empowerment for women in the Adventist community
Despite facing challenges and occasional discouragement, Kit remained hopeful and nurturing, qualities that endeared her to her community. She believed in the power of change and the importance of standing firm in one’s convictions, even in the face of adversity. Her legacy will continue to inspire future generations in their pursuit of equality and justice within the Adventist church.
Kit’s life and work will be celebrated at a funeral service on Monday, December 18, 2023, at 10 a.m. at the Walla Walla University Church. The service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person and will be available for viewing afterwards on YouTube. For details about attending the service, please contact Pat Gustin at 509-240-2739.