Kate Ring, a longtime Tucson resident who moved to Bozeman two years ago to be near her family, died on Dec. 31. She overcame many difficulties in 93 years, persevering with a smile. Formally known as Kathryn Claire Eckerson Moore Ring, she was born May 13, 1919 on the kitchen table of her grandparents' home in Lawton, Okla. She never knew her father and had little contact with her mother. Nevertheless, she earned a Cornell University degree in English and a master's in education and lived in interesting places including a remote New Mexico ranch and downtown Chicago.
After her husband, Ray Sr., died in 1962, she supported three sons as a teacher, a school principal, an editor, a real-estate agent and finally a community college writing teacher. Her enjoyments included desert wildlife, playing bridge and University of Arizona basketball games. Her oldest son, John, suffered from schizophrenia and found relief in suicide in 1995. "I'm hanging in there," she liked to say.
Survivors include sons, Ray (Linda) Ring of Bozeman and Mike (Jackie) Ring of Novato, Calif.; grandkids, Molly Ring of Portland, Ore., Henry Ring of Big Bend National Park, Jennie (Marc) Tantillo of Roseville, Calif., and Diana (Dan) Stoltzfus of Washington, D.C.; great-grandkids, Charlotte, Madeline and Emma Kathryn; stepdaughter, Barbara Kotowski and her branch in Texas and California; and the Eckerson branch in Washington.
Special thanks to the staff at Hyalite Country Care, the Bozeman Lodge and Hospice of Southwest Montana for helping Kate during her time in Bozeman.
Following Kate's wishes, she was buried in Tucson's Evergreen Cemetery, beside John Ring's grave. For info on the Tucson memorial service, email email@example.com
. Anyone who'd like to make a donation, please consider Kate's primary cause, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, which has chapters in Bozeman and Southern Arizona.