Born June 24, 1917, in Bishop, Ruth was the daughter of the late Charles A. Watson Sr. and Florence Rylander Watson. She was a member of the Episcopal church. Ruth attended school in Bishop and business school in Corpus Christi. She was employed by Humble Oil and Refining Co. (later Exxon), serving in New London, New Orleans, La., Tyler, Dallas and Houston. After 30 years of service, Ruth retired from Exxon and started a new career by opening a gift shop, Browser Alley, in Estes Park, Colo.
Ruth was preceded in death by sisters, Cleo Saums, Blanche Butts, Mary Jane Miller and Laura Van Nuys; brothers, C.A. Watson Jr., Leslie “Ted” Watson and Robert Watson.
She is survived by three nieces, Laura Klima, Neshantic Station, N.J., Kay Miller, Houma La., Sharolyn Tier, Tyler; and five nephews, Leslie Watson, Montgomery, Ala., Philip Watson, Houma, La., George Van Nuys, Boone, N.C., John Van Nuys, Ringoes, N.J., William Van Nuys, Fairview, N.C., and their respective families; and special friend, Jeremiah Ward, The Woodlands. Nephew Leslie Watson of Montgomery, Ala., arranged many special birthday parties that delighted Ruth as well as her many friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ruth’s name to a charity of one’s choice or Christ Episcopal Church, 118 S. Bois d’Arc Ave., Tyler, 75702.
A memorial service is planned for a later time and place yet to be determined.
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