Ruby Marie Watters

January 20, 1926January 10, 2019

Ruby Marie Watters, 92, of Duluth passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019 in her Daughters home. She was born January 20, 1926 to Harold and Ruth Wischmann in Litchfield, MN.

Ruby grew up in Aitkin, MN and married the love of her life Laverne Watters in 1942 in the town of Crosby. Together they moved to Duluth to start their lives together. She worked for St. Louis County for over 20 years in home care. She was also a very active girls’ softball coach for many years. Ruby enjoyed volunteering for many things, including the St. Louis County Election board.

Ruby loved her family and enjoyed cooking for the family gatherings. She was a pillar in holding Holiday events for the family. She was an avid sports fan and supported the UMD basketball, football, and track athletes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Laverne; brothers, Harold and Wallace Wischmann; daughter-in-law, Terry Watters; and son-in-law, Marvin Carlson.

Ruby will be greatly missed by her loving children, Vern (Kate) Watters, Patrick (Sandy) Watters, Mike (Patti) Watters, Linda Carlson, Dan (Alice) Watters, and Susan (Ron) Jones; 18 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Ken (Shirley) Wischmann and Elaine Wischmann.

Visitation: 10:00 until the 11:00 a.m. Funeral Service Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Glen Avon Church 2105 Woodland Ave., Duluth. Interment will be in Sunrise Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Laverne and Ruby Watters Scholarship fund at UMD.

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  • Vern (Kate) Watters, Son
  • Patrick (Sandy) Watters, Son
  • Mike (Patti) Watters, Son
  • Linda Carlson, Daughter
  • Dan (Alice) Watters, Son
  • Susan (Ron) Jones, Daughter
  • Ken (Shirley) Wischmann, Brother
  • Elaine Wischmann, Sister
  • She is also survived by 18 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 19, 2019

Ruby Marie Watters

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Paul Laulunen

January 19, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of your moms passing. Your family, and especially your mom, were so important to me while growing up on Kingston Road. Wish I could be there, but I'm thinking of all of you today.

Paul Laulunen

Gail Wischmann

January 14, 2019

I think, I was Aunt Ruby’s favorite Niece. But one thing I know for sure is she made the best darn Caramal rolls! My father is with a heavy heart, but he is comforted in knowing his big Sister is at peace.

1955 Aunt Ruby, Cousin Susan and Cousin Danny.

Kristine Dwyer

January 13, 2019

Dear Family of Ruby,

I got to know Ruby at Mt Royal Pines over the past few years as my parents also lived there. She was such a special lady and we connected often in the lobby area. I am a social worker and she worked for the county so we had something in common. I always enjoyed talking with her. She had such a sweetness about her. I send you my heartfelt sympathy and am so thankful I was able to know Ruby.
Sadly, I just lost both of my parents in the past three months. We are all on a journey of grief and healing.

Most sincerely,
Kristine Maxham Dwyer