Memorial Bracelet Fundraiser Started for Family of Shanann Watts
Two women who knew Frederick mother Shanann Watts through their businesses have designed and created a bracelet in honor of her and her children.
Watts, 34, and her two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, were found dead late last week on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum Company after a friend reported Watts missing on Aug. 13.
Her husband, Christopher Watts, 33, was arrested Aug. 15 and charged with all three murders. He faces a total of nine felonies, and the possibility of life in prison without parole or the death penalty if he is convicted on all five first-degree murder charges.
While friends have declined to speak with the Times-Call because of the ongoing investigation, Tina Merryman and Lisa Perkins spoke about their project, which is raising money for Shanann Watts’ family.
Perkins, who lives in South Carolina, knew Watts as a “business associate,” though she couldn’t say if they knew each other through nutrition company Le-Vel.
She first had the idea for memorial bracelets last week, when she felt the urge to do something for the family and for those who were grieving.
“Honestly, I woke up and I was absolutely heartbroken over the entire thing,” Perkins said. “I was trying to find something we could do that would not only help the family, but also help others keep Shanann close to their hearts.”
While Perkins said she wasn’t close to Watts, she said the tragedy has affected many people, especially those who work in her industry.
“Her smile could just light up a room,” she said. “She was so involved and wanted to see everyone succeed so much ... She’s a true inspiration to all of us.”
Perkins called Tina Merryman, who owns soulenergyshop.com , and the two came up with a bracelet that would represent Watts and also comfort people. Merryman, who operates her business alone in her home and makes each bracelet by hand, said they’ve received more than 100 orders since Friday.
The profits from each order — about $20 — will go to the family to help pay for funeral services, travel and other needs while they grieve, said Merryman, who lives in Maryland and said she knew Watts through Le-Vel.
“The point of the bracelet is for people to have a physical object that they can look at,” she said. And when they look at it, they will hopefully feel connected with others and realize that love will win, she added.
The bracelet, called the Watts Angels Memorial Bracelet, contains six stones: black tourmaline, for protection; rose quartz, for love; amethyst, a purple stone, matching the color of lupus awareness; carnelian, for creativity; white howlite, for peace and calm; and clear quartz, for healing. Each also has an angel-wing charm in the center.
Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, email@example.com