January 20, 1923 ~ May 12, 2015
Ruth Evelyn Keaton was born on February 20, 1923 in Earlsboro, Oklahoma to Rosetta and John Swann. She lost her mother at a very young age and was raised by her father, John Swann with her sister Roberta and brother Robert in Somerton, Arizona. Her Sister Roberta Swann and Brother Robert Swann have both since gone on to be with the Lord.
Ruth Evelyn Keaton had six daughters Rosetta E. Hall, Claudette Fears, Carolyn Wagoner, Lorraine Buchanan, Sharon Somerville-Thomas and Denise Keaton-Smith. She worked two jobs while raising five girls in Yuma, Arizona. She never opted to go on public assistance and she always made sure that the girls had a normal childhood. Ruth made sure that her girls were fed, clean and had a roof over their heads. She did not have an easy life, but she did the best she could.
Ruth Evelyn Keaton came to California in early sixties with her husband Joseph A. Keaton, who served in the Air Force. As a military wife she lived overseas in the Philippine Islands and Greece. They settled down in the city of Gardena. Ruth was a devout Jehovah's Witness and was baptized on October 6, 1973. She enjoyed attending services at the Gardena North Congregation Kingdom Hall. She was very hospitable and generous and often hosted book studies at her home for a number of years. Ruth was a Faithful Servant of the Lord as she ministered in her community and to others.
Ruth Evelyn Keaton was a loving, generous and giving person. She always helped her family unconditionally. She had an undeniable love for people (Shirley Johnson) and neighbors (Dorothy Griffin and family). She was full of life and she enjoyed life to the fullest. We are deeply touched and saddened by the loss of our loved one but our hearts and lives are far richer for having shared a part of her life. Her obligation and dedication to her family was evident through her interests in their welfare by love and understanding of their needs. We will miss her presence. Ruth was loved in life and she will be remembered in death.
Ruth Evelyn Keaton was a Grandmother of 21 grandchildren, Great Grandmother of 35 grandchildren and Great, Great Grandmother of 25 grandchildren, maybe even a great, great, great grandmother! She is survived by 5 daughters, Carolyn, Claudette, Sharon, Lorraine and Denise, Nephew Kelly Harris and family, Cousin Ethel Brooks and family and a host of grandchildren, family and friends.
Mama, when I was growing up, I thought my mother was the most beautiful woman in the world. I always hoped one day I would be pretty like her. She was cute and sexy... and always wore red lipstick. She was a real head turner. Just a little bit of a woman but she was a firecracker. But most of all I loved my mother's laughter. It was a real laugh, nothing contrived about it. Her eyes would be twinkling and looking like little slits, there'd be this big smile on her face, sometimes she'd throw her head back and then there would be the sound of her sweet laughter filling the room. I couldn't help but smile myself... even if I didn't know what she was laughing about. Some years ago I met mama's first husband and he told me I had my mother's laugh. He had no idea how special and meaningful that was to me. After he said it when I heard myself laughing, I could hear mom laughing too. Mama wasn't perfect.... none of us are, but she was my mother and she was special to me. I loved her dearly. When I would call her from Atlanta, if I could make her laugh, then for a few moments everything was right in the world.
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