Ruth L. Watkins, 89, El Dorado, passed away Friday (Jan. 10, 2020) at her home in El Dorado. 

Ruth’s life began on January 4, 1931, in Tuscon, Arizona; the daughter of Leroy and Daisy (Baker) Jones. She was united in marriage to Howard Watkins on June 30, 1947. Ruth also served her country on the Civil Air Patrol.

Ruth worked as an executive secretary at Beechcraft, she owned Mr. Swiss for a number of years and later, she worked as a real estate broker for Pyramid Real Estate. She enjoyed riding motorcycles, swimming, playing bingo and dancing. She loved to drink Pepsi. Ruth was a faithful member of the Trinity Episcopal Church. When she was younger she won a Shirley Temple Look-Alike Contest. Ruth was the life of the party, always having a good time.

Her greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren. Her family includes her children Dana Watkins of El Dorado, Alan (Darla) Watkins of Olathe and Brona Sinclair of El Dorado; grandchildren Laura (Glen) Holz, Jonathan (Allison) Watkins, Travis (Janis) Watkins; Tiffany (Monte) Watkins, Trisha Watkins, Mike (Joanna) Watkins, Jennifer (Bryan) Mydski, TG (Dana) Watkins, Jess (Jessica) Essex and 12 great-grandchildren, siblings Marge Hohenberger.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Howard.

Friends may gather with the family from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 15, 2020) at the Carlson Colonial Funeral Home. Friends may also gather from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 18, 2020) at Trinity Episcopal Church where a Requiem Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Ruth will be laid to rest at Cassoday Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to the Ronald McDonald House. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Ruth at www.carlsoncolonial.com