On Sept. 9, 1939, Louie and Mary Allen welcomed their baby girl, Ruth Elaine Allen. Not knowing that she would be the most amazing daughter, sister, wife, mom, grandma, and friend to all who knew her.
Ruth was raised up North in Wisconsin with siblings Eddie, George, Kathy, Mary and Virginia. Yes y’all, she was a Yankee. It was there where she met and married Gene Kamman. The military life moved them to Texas. That’s when Ruth became a good ole country girl with a big Texas heart.
During her marriage she was blessed with five kids Doug, Terry, Alvin, Kenny and Kathy. The marriage between Gene and Ruth ended, but never the love of being the best mom she could and knew how to be. Her kids say she did an amazing job and they’re sure that’s where a few of her natural grey highlights came from.
After her divorce, time passed and she decided it was time to better herself, so she attended nursing school and for 30 years became a compassionate and caring nurse. Most of her nursing career was working at Richmond State School with MHMR of all ages. She very much loved her job.
It was also the time she met the love of her life, Ben Boatwright. For 34 years Ben stood beside and supported her, the kids say thank you. During their years together they traveled, camped, fished, did some casino gambling, ok maybe a lot, danced together like they were floating on air and were blessed with many grandkids and great-grandkids. Ruth would say they kept her young. But most of all they enjoyed spending time together alone and with family and friends.
On Dec. 18, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. in the comfort of her own home, accompanied by family, Ruth’s fight with cancer came to a rest and she went to be with the Lord. Although our hearts are hurting she is at rest, pain free and now an Angel watching over us. Ruth was met in heaven by God; her parents, Louie and Mary Allen; siblings, Kathy, Virginia and George; granddaughter, Tiffany; and many other family members and friends.
We all have so many great memories to keep and share to celebrate her life and remember the difference she made in caring and loving others. Ruth will live on through her husband, Ben Boatwright of Palestine; sons and their wives, Doug and Pam Kamman of Palacios, Alvin and Fran Kamman of Rosenberg, and Kenny and Jenny Kamman of League City; daughters, Terry Kamman and Kathy Zenker, both of Palestine; siblings, Mary and Mike Warblow of Iron River, Wis., and Eddie Allen of Tucson, Ariz.; many loved grandkids, great-grandkids, pets, and extended family and friends.
It is being asked in honor of Ruth’s life that throughout the Christmas season, go out and do a random act of kindness to make someone smile because Ruth loved to see everyone smile.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Cedar Creek Cemetery.
Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Allen Pollensky, Larry Wayne Hanson, Kenneth Kamman, Alvin Kamman, Doug Kammam and Uvaldo Uvalle.
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