Ruth J. Graham
September 27, 1923 - September 14, 2009
Birthplace: Red Oak
Resided In: Florence, South Carolina

Service 9/24/2009
Evergreen Cemetery
Burial 9/24/2009
Evergreen Cemetery

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Ruth Gibson Graham, wife of Lawrence (Larry) Graham, Florence, South Carolina, passed away Monday, September 14, 2009 at McLeod Hospice House in Florence, South Carolina.

Ruth Jean Gibson was born September 27, 1923 in Red Oak to Russell and Ruby Clement Gibson. She graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1940 where she was Senior Class President and Homecoming Queen, and was voted Most Representative Student. Ruth graduated from Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri in 1944, majoring in English and Business Education. During the summer of 1943, Ruth worked in a small arms ammunition plant in St. Louis. After college she taught Business and English at Stanton High School. During her freshman year at Tarkio, Ruth met Larry Graham and they were married on May 25, 1946 in Portland, Oregon where Larry’s ship returned after duty in the Pacific in World War II.

Ruth was a proud 50 Year Member of The PEO Sisterhood, in Clinton, IA; Nashville, TN; Richmond, VA; and most recently with her beloved sisters of Chapter N in Florence, SC. She also belonged to the Samuel Bacot Chapter of D.A.R. Her kind and loving manner touched many, many people.

Ruth is survived by her husband of 63 years, Larry Graham, and her three sons, Stephen (Ann) of Bronxville, NY, James (Lois) of Carmel, IN and Robert of Charlottesville, VA, and five granddaughters and one grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister.

The funeral service was Thursday, September 17 at the First Presbyterian Church in Florence. Graveside services will be held 3 PM Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the Evergreen Cemetery in Red Oak, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to The American Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel in Red Oak, is in charge of arrangements.


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