Ruth I. Watkins

Ruth I. Watkins was born Dec. 15, 1934, in Prinsburg, Minnesota. Her daughter was at her side as she was taken into the arms of her savior Feb. 25. Her parents were John and Rena Korthuis, and she was the youngest of 13 children.

On April 22, 1953, she married Lester Watkins of Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she was working for Michigan Bell Telephone. While he was in the service, they lived in San Diego and Long Beach, California. When they were living in St. Paul, Minnesota, Les graduated from watchmaking school and they had their daughter, Renae. During her life, they owned jewelry stores in Nebraska City, Nebraska, and Lead, South Dakota.

She is survived by her daughter, Renae Hanson and her husband Dan; three grandsons, Justin Heller and his wife Candace, Brian Heller and Brandon Heller; three great-grandsons, Wade Heller, Austin Heller and Brayden Heller; brothers, Harold Korthuis and his wife Yvonne of Willmar, Minnesota, and LaVerne Korthuis and his wife Betty of Granite Falls, Minnesota; sister, Margie Lepsch of Grand Rapids, Michigan; nieces and nephews too numerous to mention; and a long-time special person in her life, John Trabing.

A reception will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at First United Methodist Church. The church is located at 132 North Adams Ave. A private graveside service will be held at the Willow Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Stephens Ministry/First United Methodist Church, 132 N. Adams Ave., Buffalo, WY 82834.

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Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.