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Crossroads Remembers Co-Founder, Charline Watts

Updated: Jun 30

Warrior. Fearless. Passionate. Advocate. Trailblazer. Inspiration. Role Model. Powerhouse.

Charline Watts, one of the co-founders of Crossroads, leaves behind a lasting legacy after 89 wonderful years on Earth. Charline passed on March 9 and the words above are just a few sentiments shared by friends and community leaders. As noted in her obituary, "Charline had a fierce passion for addressing the root causes of injustice in the world and she worked tirelessly to advance initiatives that addressed them."

Not only was Charline part of the dynamic trio that brought the vision of Crossroads to life 35 years ago, Charline has founded a summer reading program, Meals on Wheels, a fair trade store in Ohio, and was involved in the Alternative Christmas movement focused on economic justice. Her work making a difference doesn't stop there. Read more about her life's accomplishments and impact in her obituary.

Crossroads' team of volunteers and board members sends their heartfelt condolences to the family of Charline Watts. We are grateful for her vision and years of impact and advocacy for the fair trade movement. A celebration of life is scheduled for 2 PM on April 6 at Westminster Village.

I’m so grateful and honored to have known this beautiful warrior for all that is good! Such a fearless, passionate, smart and caring woman who has made a difference in so many of our lives! My deepest condolences to all her family.
- Donna Brouillet, Board Co-President

Charline shares the vision behind Crossroads, bringing fair trade to Bloomington, IL since 1988.

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