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Obituary: Cora Munn Tula Watters, former Antioch College professor

WEST UNION, Ohio -- Cora Munn Tula Watters, Ph. D., 79, of Green Township in Adams County, Ohio, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley Inpatient Center in Seaman, Ohio.

She was born on May 1, 1932, in Portsmouth, Ohio.  

She was a retired teacher in the Adams County/Ohio Valley School District.  

She was an adjunct college professor at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio; a professional musician; and local entertainer. She established the former musical group, Watters and Daughters in 1989.

She was a member of the Baha’i Faith and was the Principal Chief of the Shawnee Nation-Ohio Blue Creek Band. She was a member of the Native American Journalist; a published author; and a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  She was also a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Women Marine Association. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, James A. and Nell (Barber) Watters Sr.; a sister, Jessie Anna Watters; a son, James Vincent Yezzi; and a step-granddaughter, Tammy Holderness Price.

Cora is survived by former husband, Michael E. Yezzi Jr. of Huber Heights, Ohio; one son, Michael E. (Gayle) Yezzi III, of Meigs Township, Ohio;  four daughters, Gina Yezzi of Green Township, Ohio, Lisa M. Yezzi of Carolina Beach, N.C., Lora Yezzi (Farshid) Shakibanejad of Little Elm, Texas, and Patrice (Bruce) England of Peebles, Ohio; three brothers, James P. Watters of Nile Township in Scioto County, Ohio, James A. Watters of Nile Township, and Michael Watters of Luther, Okla.;  three sisters, Patricia Koeppe of Fairborn, Ohio, Kathi Watters of Lexington, and Susi Hardin-Corrie of Fairborn; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one aunt, Ruth Brown of Arizona.

Services were Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at 2 p.m., at Lafferty Funeral Home in West Union with Baha’i Faith Assembly officiating. 

Burial was in Sandy Springs Cemetery in Green Township with Adams County Honor Guard performing military service.

Visitation was Sunday from noon - 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to any charitable organization.