Ruth Horton Watson

Ruth Horton Watson

Ruth Horton Watson, 87, died at home in Walnut Creek, Thursday, November 11th, with her children at her side.
Ruth was the daughter of Edith & Joseph Horton. A native of California, she was born in Fillmore and graduated from Fillmore High School. She attended and graduated from UC Berkeley, where she met her husband, George. Ruth was a teacher with the Mt. Diablo USD for 25 years and retired in 1987.
Her numerous interests included travel, gardening, and books. Ruth was an active and long-time member of Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, with a passion for mission programs and reaching out with her faith. She was a Cal Bear fanatic and brought her passion for mission to the Berkeley campus by working with the development committee for Westminster House.
Ruth greatly valued her friendships and how much joy they gave to her life. She always had a smile at the ready for everyone.
She is survived by her children Nancy Struntz (Duane), Janet Ballantyne (Kurt), Stephen Watson (Stacy), Meredith Watson (Lou Raso), and Martha Watson (Kelly O’Brien). Grandchildren Tim Miller, John Miller, Byron Ballantyne, Broderick Ballantyne, Nick Watson, Stephanie Watson, Liz Watson, Joe Raso, Angela Raso. Great-grandchildren Pete & Caitlin Miller, Andy & Megan Miller, Elise & Ethan Ballantyne, and Leah Watson. She was preceded in death by her husband George Watson and sons Charles & Timothy Watson.
The family thanks Evercare for their kind and compassionate hospice care.
Memorial services will be held Friday, November 19th at 2:00 p.m. at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for contributions to be made to the Global Missions Program at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4016.