Dee Wills, 76, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  The memorial service for Dee Wills will be 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home with Rev. Leon “Toby” Schilling officiating. Calling hours will be held prior to the service noon to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Dee passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at her home while under the care of her loving family and Hospice of Jefferson County. She was 76 years old.

Born Dolores M. Bevens in Watertown on Oct. 31, 1943, in Watertown, the daughter to Paul and Katherine Shultz Bevens, she graduated from Clayton High School.

She worked for 29 years at Samaritan Medical Center as a physical therapy aide then provided cleaning services and private elder care, most recently she worked at the hospital in the copy service department.

She married Gerald “Jerry” Wills on Dec. 24, 1971.

Together they enjoyed NASCAR, camping and traveling.

Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Deborah L. (Steven) Busby, Depauville; two step-children, Jeffrey L. Wills, W. Virginia; Connie Harn, Wyoming; grandchildren, Michael and Kyle Busby, Jennifer (William) Moore, Kylee (Ryan) Knight, Braedon Harn, Cristopher Wills and three great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents she was predeceased by a brother, Clarence “Butch” Bevens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.

Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.

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