Ruby Ann Watts Hensley was born Sept. 3, 1960 and passed away Feb. 28. Ruby was the daughter of Delbert and Lolly Watts, and is survived by mother Lolly Watts-Berger; a son, Billy Ray Prince and wife Ginger; a daughter, Valeria Sue Prince; brothers, Paul Alan Watts and Scott Eugene Watts; sister, Ruth McCauley, seven grandchildren, three aunts and six cousins. Ruby was preceded in death by her father, Delbert and a younger sister, Alice Lynn. Jana, Ruby’s cousin, said she remembers the year when Ruby was the Prom Queen and riding on the hood of a convertible wearing a pink prom dress with her hair in ringlets. Ruby will be deeply missed by her family and friends. A graveside memorial service was held March 6 at the Mountainair Cemetery in Mountainair.
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