Ruth E Enns

July 3, 1928November 5, 2012
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Enns, (Watkins) Ruth, 84, passed away on Monday, November 5, 2012. Ruth was a pianist, vocalist, piano teacher and school teacher who brought the joy of music to many across two generations of students and listeners. She was born on July 3, 1928 in Columbus, Ohio the first of five children born to Reverend Joseph and Ruth Watkins. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Jonathan. She is survived by: her husband Richard of Wichita; son Eric of Topeka; daughter Erin of Wichita; grandchildren Megan and Paul; brother Reverend Joseph (Jo Anne) Watkins Jr. of Phoenix, AZ; sisters Betty (Arnold) Hartley of Springfield, CO; Florence “Flo” Sabanski of Marion, IN and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 1 - 8 pm, with family receiving friends from 5 - 7, on Friday November 9 at Hillside Mortuary at 2929 W. 13th. The Love of Music will be central at Ruth's Celebration of Life service 10:00 am Saturday November 10 at First Mennonite Brethren, 8000 W. 21st St, Wichita, KS with a light lunch following. Be prepared to leave with a song in your heart! In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Harry Hynes Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS, 67202 or the church.


  • Visitation Friday, November 9, 2012
  • Family Will Receive Friends Friday, November 9, 2012
  • Funeral Services Saturday, November 10, 2012

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Janelle Ryberg

July 28, 2013

It has been a few years since I have last touched the piano. But during all the years I have played the piano, Mrs. Enns made playing fun and I always had a great experience with her. Not only was she a wonderful teacher, but she gave me a lot of great advice and an ear to lend to me. I don't regret anything when it came to learning from Mrs. Enns. So while I am sad to hear of her departure, I also want to say how grateful I am that I got to make memories with her. Mrs. Enns was funny, wise, and an amazing teacher. Her smile brightened my day and her nicknames for her students were charming and warm. She shall be remembered very fondly.

Michelle & Meredith Voran

November 13, 2012

We are so sad to hear of your loss. We enjoyed taking piano lessons from Mrs. Enns and are forever grateful for all she taught us. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Rich Meyer

November 12, 2012

Richard and family,
Grandma Music was very special to our family and will really be missed by many! She was so passionate for music and teaching children to love it also. Our kids were no exception. She loved our kids and it showed and our kids loved her so much also. She taught our kids to play piano, perform recitals properly, and both passionatly.
And most of all, she was one of the kindest people I have ever known. When I lost my job and my wife was a stay-at-home-Mom, she insisted that we not pay until we got back on our feet!
We all also loved how cute it was when she would yell for Richaaaaard to do something for her!!haha
Love and miss her and I am sure she is enjoying heaven in song!
Rich Meyer and family

Mitchell Meyer

November 12, 2012

Mrs. Enns taught me to love music, and at the same time was always the most joyful and loving piano teacher. My childhood would have been a lot less happy without her. She will be greatly missed.

Erin H

November 11, 2012

Mrs. Enns was my Kindermusik/piano teacher in the early 90's. I still remember my first glockenspiel lesson with her! She instilled in me a love of music that will last a lifetime. Thank you. You will be greatly missed.

Kathy Fehrmann

November 10, 2012

Ruth was a dear friend and wonderful teacher. My sympathy to all the family.

Penny Dunn

November 10, 2012

Dear Uncle Rick, Eric & Erin, Megan & Paul
We send our love to each of you today in memory of Ruth. I'm sure there is a grand celebration in heaven. As my sister Tammy says Ruth is playing God's piano and singing with the angels.
love, James, Penny & Reuben Dunn
& Isaac, Kristina & Cerrigain + baby Cerenity

November 10, 2012

I worked with Mrs. Enns daughter Erin at Riverside hospital. Erin God bless you and your family. I'm praying for all of you. Patti Cummings

David Camp

November 9, 2012

Well, what can be said about Ruth Esther? She was a deeply caring, loving and fun individual. Her encouragement over the last 41 years has been priceless. My mother, sisters, children, and I took piano and voice from her for many years. She will be sorely missed for sure. Mrs. Enns, I will see you again sometime, and we will sing the duet we always wanted to sing...for eternity.

Stephanie Allen (Moreno)

November 9, 2012

Dear Erin-
My condolences for your loss. I enjoyed visiting your house during our Friends U. days, your Mother was such a kind lady and very welcoming. I too lost my Mother recently and it's a loss like no other, but it does gets easier. Praying for you and your family.
Stephanie Allen (Moreno)