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Ruth M. (Watson) McNelis

Feb. 13, 1927 - July 10, 2020

Ruth M. (Watson) McNelis, 93, Tyrone, died Friday at Altoona Center for Nursing Care.

She was born in Tyrone, daughter of the late Claude and Ruth (Gates) Watson. On June 6, 1946, she married Max Edward McNelis, who died Nov. 28, 1980.

Surviving are a son, Michael J. McNelis (Barbara); a daughter, Susan M. Broadwater of Tyrone; seven grandchildren: Thomas M. McNelis II, Jonathan McNelis (Bonnie), Ashley McNelis, Erica Jones (Dennis), Michael McNelis Jr. (Kristen), Patrick McNelis (Dani) and Kelly Cowher (Shane); 14 great-grandchildren: Kolby, Quinn and Sophia Cowher, Lily and Brendon McNelis, Malcolm and Ellie McNelis, Olivia Jones, Victoria, Tiffani and Max McNelis, Lena, Pearl and Willa Rose; a nephew, Scott Watson (Stephanie); and a niece, Debby Clement.

She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas M. McNelis, in October 2002; and a brother, Jack Watson.

She was a 1945 graduate of Tyrone High School and a 1946 graduate of the Altoona School of Commerce, where she was a member of the Alpha Iota Sorority. She worked at the Tyrone Cove Farm Bureau and retired in 1989 from the Tyrone Area High School guidance office after 27 years service. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Tyrone.

A memorial service will be announced later by Derman Funeral Home Inc., Tyrone.