Ruth Ellen Porterfield (Hawkins) was born in Douglas, Arizona on August 28, 1924, to parents George S. and Ruby M. Hawkins and was called Home by her Lord on January 31, 2020. The Truth came to Southern Arizona in 1932. Ruth made her choice in June 1935 and was baptized at the Glendale Convention in October 1935. Ruth graduated early from Douglas High School in 1941 and was encouraged by one of her teachers to apply for work as a stenographer for the U.S. Corps of Engineers. She accepted the position and immediately started to work there and later transferred to the U.S. Army Quartermaster, where she began a family legacy of military service. While working as a stenographer, Ruth began corresponding with a young man in California and on September 4th, 1943, she married Charles Lloyd Porterfield in Bisbee, Arizona. Ruth was a devoted wife and led a busy life, helping Charles in his many business ventures as the bookkeeper, raising their 5 children and during many summers, working with Charles and their children at his many job sights. In 1966, the children were all of an age so that Ruth went to work outside of the home, at the Arizona Department of Economic Security until her retirement almost 17 years later. Ruth enjoyed having her grandchildren visit and spend time with her and Charles at their home in Laveen. Ruth was loved by many and she will be remembered by all for her great love for her family and Truth. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Charles, as well as 2 brothers, Gordon Hawkins and Edwin Hawkins. She is survived by her 5 children, Deanna Stanfield, Marjorie Wieweck (husband Lee), John Porterfield, Richard Porterfield (wife Jacquie), Cindy Gregg (husband Jim), 12 grandchildren, many great AND great-great grandchildren, as well as her sister Eva Clark and brother, Ben Hawkins.
At the wishes of Ruth, there will be no visitation or viewing. Services will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:00 AM, Chapel doors will open no earlier than 9:30 AM at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301, with graveside service immediately following. Please join us in remembering Ruth Ellen Porterfield by visiting our Memorial at www.westresthavenfuneralhome.com. Through this site, we invite you to share your thoughts and fond memories with the family. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley.
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