The Washington Times-Herald


March 25, 2013

Ruth (Armes) Chattin

Sept. 11, 1926 - March 23, 2013

WASHINGTON — Ruth Chattin, 86, of Washington, passed away Saturday at Methodist Hospital Indianapolis. Born Sept. 11, 1926, in Washington, the only child of the late Orion W. and Luemma (Allen) Armes. Ruth lived all her life on Mill Street — born at 302 Mill Street, moved to 301 Mill Street and then to 303 Mill Street until she married. She attended Washington High School graduating in the class of 1944. Her very first job was in the office of Homer E. Beasley, attorney; after graduating she worked for Donaldson Insurance Agency; National Associated Petroleum Company, a branch office in Washington from Tulsa, Okla., and Daviess County Hospital as Secretary to the Controller for 34 years. Ruth and Walter “Cotton” Chattin were married Nov. 25, 1945, shortly after his discharge from the Navy Seebees where he spent two years in the Pacific and looked forward to making their home in Washington. They are the parents of one daughter, Sherri Chattin, and were married for 65 years. Cotton passed away June 15, 2010. Ruth was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Arts and Flowers Garden Club, Delta Theta Tau Sorority, and was always very interested in her classmates, and worked diligently on 1944 Class Reunions as well as the WHS/WCHS Alumni Reunions for many years. She is survived by daughter Sherri Chattin of Columbus; granddaughter and her husband Shelly and Craig McElfresh and great-grandson Garrett McElfresh all of Indianapolis; and Jack Plummer of Columbus. Also sisters-in-law Phyllis E. Chattin, Phyllis Chattin Hart and Jane Chattin; niece Judy McCamment; and nephews Gary Chattin, Jeff Chattin, Scott Chattin and Steve Chattin; and her pet, Heidi. Friends may call Wednesday from noon until service time of 2 p.m. at the Gill Chapel. Entombment to follow at Sugarland Memory Gardens Mausoleum, with the Rev. Ken Wells officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the Animal Control Shelter, 415 Clark Road, Washington, IN. 47501 Condolences may be made to the family online at:

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