Ruth M. Walsh, 97, of Holton passed away at 5:25 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. She was born in Osgood on August 26, 1921 the daughter of Avery and Estelle Whalbring Brower. She was married to John Leslie Walsh on June 13, 1939 and he preceded her in death on February 19, 2011.
Survivors include three sons Lloyd Walsh of Versailles, Alan Walsh of Nashville, and David (Janie) Walsh of Malabar, Florida; 10 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 20 great great grandchildren; one brother, Dwight (Virginia) Brower of Bartow, Florida; one sister, Joyce (Joe) Hardy of Ft. Defiance, Arizona. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son Gary, brothers Charles Brower and Avery Brower, Jr., and her daughter-in-law Bernice Walsh.
Mrs. Walsh attended grade school at Dabney and was a 1939 graduate of Holton High School. She was a 20 year employee of the Southeastern Career Center in Versailles where she worked as a bookkeeper and was also the school’s treasurer. Leslie and Ruth spent their retirement winters in Florida and also traveled all 48 states in the continental US as well as traveling to the Holy Land. Ruth helped organize the Cub Scouts in Versailles and also helped in organizing the PTO in the Versailles Schools. Ruth was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church where she served as a Deaconess, Sunday school teacher, director for the BYF, and sang in the choir. She was a former member of the Ripley County Farm Bureau and the Rebekah Lodge at Holton.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 27, at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial was in the Holton Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Holton Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.