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Jean Ruth Phillips Waters, 87, of Bluefield, VA peacefully joined her Lord on Sunday morning.
The youngest daughter of Charles and Emily Phillips, Jean Ruth was born in Burkes Garden, VA, and grew up in Bishop, VA where her father and brothers worked for the coal industry. After graduating from Big Creek High School, Jean rode the bus into bustling Bluefield, WV on Sunday night, lived in a boarding house in the East End, and walked downtown every day to attend Bluefield Business College. She rode back to Bishop on Friday nights for weekends with her parents. Jean was a fan of the Bluefield Orioles/Blue Jays. Mrs. Waters lived in Bluefield, WV from 1950-2008. She rented a charming apartment in the bend of a river in Bluefield, VA for the next 9 years. She had patio-visiting ducks and birds, the sounds of lowing cattle, a lovely picture window view of the changing seasons on the mountain, along with wonderful and caring neighbors. Jean Ruth was a loving mother, wife, domestic engineer, and devoted Christian. She enjoyed spreading her love for the Lord to all around her. Jean was a faithful member of Community Baptist Church. She was also a hospital volunteer. In her retirement years, she spend many hours visiting home bound shut-ins and also had a card ministry through the local hospice system. She raised money in support of the Abel Center.
Jean is survived by 3 children, Jackie Miles (Elwin) of Myrtle Beach, SC, Emily Waters Cooter (John) of Raleigh, NC, and Steven Andrew Waters (Stephanie) of Morrisville, NC. Jean has 5 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
Jean is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond (Jack) Waters and a daughter, Carol Lee Benson.
Visitation will be Saturday 10 AM, with services at 11 at Mercer Funeral Home in Bluefield, WV.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bluefield Union Mission. 2203 Bluefield Ave., Bluefield, WV.
Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the family may do so by visiting www.MercerFuneralHome.com
Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Jean R. Waters.
Published on August 23, 2017
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