Mrs. Ruth Carlene Waters, 85 of rural Liberty, Illinois, died at 8:10 p.m. Monday (May 13, 2013) in Blessing Hospital.
Born August 12, 1927 in Clayton, Illinois, Carlene was the daughter of Orville Elsworth and Bertha Clair Seckman Summy. She married Kenneth Waters on May 30, 1948 in the Beverly United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on July 3, 2008.
Carlene was a longtime member of the Beverly United Methodist Church and a 65 year member of the Cornelia Chapter, Order of Eastern Star in Perry, Illinois. An accomplished seamstress, Carlene also enjoyed reading and loved animals, especially her pet cats.
Carlene was a 1945 graduate of Liberty High School. Following her graduation, she received an emergency teacher's certificate because of WW II and taught school in a one room country school for 2 years. Following her marriage, Carlene devoted her life to her family and cherished the time she spent with them.
Survivors include a son, Michael Waters (Susan) of Liberty; two daughters, Jeanette White (Michael) of Liberty and Beth Pruitt (Chad) of Commerce, GA; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey White (Kris), Steven White (Stacy), Jon White (Shauna), Sean Waters and Clayton Waters all of Liberty, and Daniel Pruitt and Hannah Pruitt both of Commerce, GA; two step grandchildren, James Cawthon (Cyndi) of Plymouth, IN and Gary Cawthon of Jacksonville, IL; four great grandchildren, Landon White, Natali White, Samantha White and Anderson White; three step great grandchildren, David Cawthon, Scott Cawthon and Sarah Cawthon; and and many loving nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Waters was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth; a daughter, Kathie Cawthon; a brother, Halbert Summy; and five sisters, Lois Stickler, Kathleen Kurfman, Eleanor Stauffer, Marguerite Dotson and Loraine Murphy.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:30 in the Beverly United Methodist Church by the Rev. Sidney Crowcroft. Burial will be in Mound Prairie Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home in Quincy and Friday morning from 9:30 until the time of services at Beverly United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Beverly United Methodist Church or the Mound Prairie Cemetery Association.