Dorothy Ann, or D.A., as she was known, was born to John and Lillian Hietter in Wyoming, Illinois. D.A. spent her childhood in Peoria, Illinois where she met her husband, Glen Mitchell Watters. He was a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and worked as a young engineer for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria. He also served as a U. S. Naval officer during WWII. They were married on September 4, 1945. After the war Mr. Watters re-joined Caterpillar. When Mr. Watters was offered an International Field Representative position they consulted a world atlas and concluded that the good locations outweighed the bad! They started their journey in Caracas, Venezuela.
Glen and D.A. moved to Havana, Cuba in 1954 when Powe Machinery Company, a Caterpillar dealership, offered Mr. Watters the position of President and partner. D.A. thoroughly enjoyed her years on the beautiful tropical island becoming fluent in Spanish and chairing many charity functions. She relished the opportunity to build their home on the golf course of the Biltmore Country Club. It was in this setting that she became an accomplished hostess entertaining the constant stream of friends and business associates wanting to visit Cuba. Castro came to power in 1960 and seized the Watters' home, as well as, personal and company assets. They moved to Raleigh where Mr. Watters joined Gregory Poole Equipment Company and later became Vice President.
D.A. was a Silver Life Master bridge player and also enjoyed painting, cooking, gardening and entertaining. However, her greatest joy was being a full time Mother and Grandmother. She was devoted to her family even cooking them “take-out gourmet” meals twice a week in addition to family dinners every Sunday at her home. She has made a lasting impact upon her children and granddaughters.
D.A. is survived by her son, John Hamilton Watters of Raleigh (Dianne), her daughter Ann Mitchell Watters Matteson of Raleigh (Glenn), granddaughters Amy Watters Hanna (Alain), Whitney Watters McCarty (Steven), Dorothy Rhodes Matteson of Raleigh and Margaret Mitchell Matteson of Charleston, SC. She is also survived by a brother Donald Hietter of Atherton, CA and a sister, Marilyn Moehn of Peoria, IL. She is pre-deceased by her husband Glen Mitchell Watters, brothers, John Phillip Hietter, Joseph Hietter and sisters Jacqueline Fenton and Margaret Coffman.
It is with heartfelt appreciation that the Watters family would like to acknowledge the staff at Brighton Gardens. Their care, kindness and professionalism over the years were exemplary. We are also grateful to the Hospice team for their support and assistance.
The family will receive friends on Monday, April 22, from 6 PM to 8 PM at Brown Wynne Funeral Home located at 300 St. Mary's Street. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Hospice, 250 Hospice Circle Road, Raleigh, NC 27607.
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