Ruth M. Watson, 79,

Ruth M. Watson, 79, of Bethany Beach and Alexandria, Va., died at her home in Bethany Beach on Thursday, April 6. She was a graduate of Middlebury College and attended the University of Michigan Law School where she met her husband of 56 years, George W. Watson.

She was a member of St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach, where she was active as a volunteer in the Prison and AIDS Ministries of that church’s outreach ministries; served as a lay reader at St. Martha’s; was a long-time resident of the Mount Vernon area of Alexandria, Va., where she was an active participant in a variety of community services; was the founder and first president of what is now known as the Mount Vernon-Lee Enterprises Inc., a non-profit organization providing services to adult mentally challenged persons, which serves several hundred clients in the Mount Vernon-Lee area; was a former president of the Stratford Women’s Club; a founding member and former Junior Warden of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Va., where she also served as the first president of the St. Aidan’s Day School. For many years she was a volunteer in the Alexandria Meals on Wheels program and also served on the Board of the Stratford Landing Citizen’s Association. She was a skilled needlework woman who was a long time member of Nellie’s Needlers at Woodlawn Plantation, Va., teaching needlework and knitting for many years to residents of Virginia and Delaware.

She is survived by her husband, George W. Watson; two sons, Daniel N. Watson and Thomas M. Watson; two daughters, Linda R.W. Macari and RoseMary Watson; a sister, Patricia Reardon; a brother William M. Murphy; and five grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, G. William Watson, in 1994.

Funeral services were scheduled for April 12 at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, with interment at the Memorial Garden at St. Aidan’s.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent to either St. Martha’s Episcopal Church or St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church.