OBITUARY - RUBY BELLE (BOWEN) GRAHAM
Ruby Belle (BOWEN) GRAHAM was born July 5, 1937 to James Corbly and Ruby Lois (SMITH) BOWEN at her home in Benton, Iowa.
She passed away August 27, 1999 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of 62 years.
Growing up in a family of 12 children, Belle provided care and support for her siblings while attending Benton Community
On January 2, 1954, in Clarinda, Iowa, Ruby Belle BOWEN was united in marriage to Donald Dean GRAHAM and this union was
blessed with two children, Steven Dean and Cynthia Colleen.
Belle created a loving home for her family and devoted special time to her grandchildren. She enjoyed crocheting,
embroidery, gardening and baking for all.
Belle was a member of the United Church of Diagonal.
Preceding Belle in death were her parents; her husband Don; two sisters, Katie BUTLER and Annie HALEY; and one brother
Survivors include her son Steve and his wife Jerri and daughter Cindy and her husband Robert SCHLAPIA, all of Diagonal;
six grandchildren, Amanda HECK and husband Jason of North Liberty, Iowa, Amy SCHLAPIA, Adam SCHLAPIA, Jessica GRAHAM,
Daniel GRAHAM and Benjamin GRAHAM all of Diagonal; five sisters, Sally PRATTE of Junction City, Kansas, Alice JOHNSTON
of Fort Madison, Iowa, Mickey ROUTH of Clearfield, Iowa, Jean and husband Jim HERRINGTON of Marion, Iowa, Kay HULETT of
Osage Beach, Missouri; three brothers, Joe and wife Alice BOWEN of Fort Madison, Larry and wife Sharon BOWEN and Jerry
BOWEN, all of Benton; and many other relatives and friends.
Services were at the United Church of Diagonal on Monday, August 30, 1999 with Reverend Pam FARREN officiating. Musicians
were Judy NEWTON and Reverend Pam FARREN. Casketbearers were Arnie BOWEN, Gary KLEJCH, Eric BOWEN, Ryan BOWEN, Ted
JOHNSTON, Rob GRAHAM, Tyler BOWEN and Mike ROUTH. Honorary Pallbearers were Jack VICKERS, Bill SMITH, Jon RYCHNOVSKY and
Interment was in the Benton Cemetery, Benton.
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2010
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