Kitwan Watt (Chow Kitwan)

Kitwan Watt (Chow Kitwan) Kitwan “Kit” Watt, beloved wife, mother, and friend, passed away Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, after a short battle with liver cancer. She was 71 years old.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Oct. 18, at the H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel, 216 S. Norma St/, Ridgecrest. Viewing will be at noon, with a service at 1 p.m. Friends and family are invited to share their memories and celebrate Kit’s life.

Chow Kitwan was born in Guangdong, China, in the year of the dragon, on Nov. 26, 1940. Having lost her parents, Kit grew up in Hong Kong with her adoptive parents and three older sisters. In 1967 she married and moved to the U.S. For three years Kit and Dave lived in a mobile home in Pullman, Wash., where Dave attended Washington State University. In July 1972 she arrived in Ridgecrest where she lived for the next 40 years. At first it seemed like a strange place for a gal from rainy Hong Kong but she adapted very well.

While in Ridgecrest, she worked for the Ridgecrest Hospital, Sierra Sands Unified School District and Homemakers, Inc., making many friends along the way. Among all her jobs, caregiver for the elderly was always her favorite.

Kit liked ’50s rock, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams. She enjoyed shows like “NCIS” and “The Good Wife.” And she watched Chinese and Korean TV dramas. She was a jogger for many years and also regularly played bridge.

Kit was not a loner. She loved to be in the company of her family and many friends. Kit liked most to be off around town visiting and cooking and eating. She loved good food and good company. She liked to grow fruits and veggies in the backyard. She didn’t trust chemicals and would spend hours in a big hat, weeding the front yard and visiting with whoever happened to walk by. She passed her love of gardening to her daughter, Karen and her love of cooking to her son, Tom. Kit liked dogs while her husband liked cats. They always had both in their home.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Dave; son Tom; daughter Karen; son-in-law Justin; daughter-in-law Katie; grandchildren Katerina, Jason, and Piper, great-granddaughter Karlee; her favorite nephew and niece, Jimmy and Yuet Mui Chan of Toronto, Canada; three older sisters in Hong Kong, and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins scattered across the globe.

Kit, darling, go easy to Heaven buoyed by the love of all those you touched in your life.

The family requests donations to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

Submitted by the family of Kit Watt

Story First Published: 2012-10-17