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Ruth Watts Tankersley


1929 - 2019
Ruth Watts Tankersley Obituary
June 19, 1929 - August 6, 2019 Ruth Tankersley, 90, passed away peacefully at home with her husband Nick and her family by her side. Ruth was born to Otis and Virginia (Little) Watts and was the first baby to be born in Holtville Hospital on June 19, 1929. She and her sisters Esther (Strahm) and Grace (Laskey) grew up on the family's 80-acre farm and she attended Holtville High School. Ruth married her high school sweetheart, Nick Tankersley, in June of 1948 when they were both 18. Ruth and Nick were true soul mates who celebrated 71 years of marriage in June of this year. The couple had three children, Yvonne, Jan and Brian. Ruth is predeceased by her parents Otis and Virginia Watts. She is survived by her husband Nick; sisters Esther Strahm and Grace Laskey; her three children Yvonne, Jan (John) and Brian (Debbie); her six grandchildren: Amanda, Ina, Sarah, Michael, Jenny and Jeffrey; and her great-grandchildren: Ryder, Virginia, Annelise, Ethan, Caroline, Kaylee and Madeline. A Celebration of Life was given at Voyager's Bible Church, Irvine, CA on August 31st.

Published in Orange County Register on Sept. 15, 2019
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