Ruth N. Sidwell, 95 of Kirksville, Missouri, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2020, at the Schuyler County Nursing Home.
The daughter of Leo Vicq and Mabel Louise (Snowbarger) Dean, she was born November 30, 1924, in the little house on the family farm southwest of Coatesville, Missouri. On May 15, 1944, in Queen City, Missouri, she married Forrest Watson and they had three children, Janet, Forrest, and Sandra. On August 29, 1963 in Lancaster, Missouri, she married Richard Sidwell, and he preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Forrest Watson Jr; one step-son, Ronnie Sidwell; one son-in-law, Evan Johnson; and twelve brothers and sisters, Eidson, Marguerite, Mary, Lena, Warren, Lois, Kate, David, Charles, Ethel, Bill, and Bonnie.
Ruth is survived by two daughters, Janet Johnson of Glenwood, Missouri, and Sandra Norfolk and husband Roger of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one step-daughter, Deanna Murphy of Laguna Woods, California; seven grandchildren, Derek (Cristin) Murphy of Ladera Ranch, California, Ryan Johnson of Hallsville, Missouri, Travis (Tina) Johnson of Marshall, Missouri, Christopher (Noelle) Norfolk of Greer, South Carolina, Sean (Kristin) Norfolk of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Tabitha Sidwell of Kirksville, and Jennifer (Devon) Smullen of Boerne, Texas; twelve great grandchildren, Tyler, Taryn, Addison, Ava, Veida, Zahne, Landon, Hayze, Ana, Ryan, Tessa, and Troy; two brothers, Tom Dean of Albia, Iowa, and Vernon Dean of Bettendorf, Iowa; and three sisters, Dorothy Starrett of Lancaster, Missouri, Joyce Reynolds of Glenwood, Missouri, and Joan Webster of Glenwood, Missouri.
Ruth attend school through the eighth grade in Coatesville and graduated from the Lancaster High School in 1943. She worked at the Rock Island Arsenal, during summer breaks and during the war. She was a homemaker, and then in the early 1960s she went to work at McGraw Edison. She later sold real estate for Century 21 until she retired.
She loved her flowers, being outside, traveling, and was an avid humming bird watcher. She was a member of the White Shrine and Royal Neighbors. She was a life member of the Rebel’s Cove Historical Society.
Visitation was from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 25, 2020, with funeral service at 11 a.m. at Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home. Burial was in Park View Memorial Gardens.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Rebel’s Cove Historical Society Scholarship Fund.
Arrangements in the care of Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home; www.davisplaylehudsonrimer.com.