Margaret Ruth Franklin Watkins left us to join her family and loved ones who went before her, on June 6, 2016. Ruth was born on April 11, 1926 in San Saba, Texas. She was the youngest of six children born to William Henry and Hattie Barkley Franklin. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings Paul, Pauline, Cary, Sleet and Ella Mae. Ruth was a wonderful, caring and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. Throughout her life she had great empathy for anyone in need and always acted to help when and where she could. Her oldest son, Sandy, remembers when he was young that it was always a surprise when he came home to see who would be sharing his bath as his mother would take in any child in need. She was always a fierce defender of her children and grandchildren when she felt anyone was being unfair to them. When her sister, Ella Mae Barker, died in 1967, Ruth acted as surrogate mother and grandmother for the Barker children and grandchildren.