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Ruth Watt Burns, 87, a former teacher and the widow of a City of Tonawanda businessman, died Monday (Oct. 6, 1997) in Sisters Hospital after a long illness.

A native of Hornell, she was the widow of late Henry L. Burns, president of Ranburn Paper Box Co. in the City of Tonawanda.

A graduate of Fredonia State Teachers College, she taught in the former Woodlawn school system from 1919 until 1934, when she married Burns and moved to Kenmore.

Mrs. Burns was a lifelong member of the Buffalo Athletic Club and served as chairwoman of its Women's Activity Committee for 10 years. She also was active in the Buffalo Canoe Club and was a lifelong member of the Altar and Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Town of Tonawanda.

She is survived by three sons, Joseph P. of Columbus of Ohio, Henry L. and Michael T.; a daughter, Mary Ruth Bennett; 10 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Prayers at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Murphy Funeral Home, 1700 Hertel Ave., will precede a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 in St. Mark's Catholic Church, Woodward Avenue and Amherst Street. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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