Ruth M. Watkins

Ruth M. Watkins, 90, of Merrimack passed away on Monday, March 31, 2014, at St. Teresa Manor in Manchester after a long illness.

She was born in Hooksett, NH, on January 19, 1924, to the late Ralph and Mildred (Dickey) Burbank.

Ruthie was a beloved lunch lady at Reeds Ferry School. She also enjoyed crafting in her free time and was known for keeping an impeccable and beautiful home.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Louis H. Watkins in 2002; her son, Louis “Skip” Watkins in 2013; and two brothers, Earl Burbank in 1968 and Leroy Burbank in 2013; and a great-
grandson, Ryan Hayes in 1991.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Donna and her husband Peter Wood, of Arab, AL, and Annie and her husband Norton Best, of Canada; a daughter-in-law, Rachel Watkins, of Merrimack; 9 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren;
3 great-great-grandchildren;
2 sisters and a brother in-law, Edna Klardie, of Merrimack and Ida and Donald Heath, of Berwick, ME; and several nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by a loving second family, including the staff and friends of St. Teresa’s Nursing Center in Manchester.

Calling hours will be at the Rivet Funeral Home, 425 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday. A funeral service will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 16 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack on Friday at 9:30 am. Burial will follow in Last Rest Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Ruth’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 5 Bedford Farms Drive #201, Bedford, NH 03110 or to the Our Lady of Mercy Comfort Ministry, 16 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack, NH 03054.

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