OBITUARY - AMY RUTH HOLMES
Amy Ruth HOLMES was born on May 24, 1920 in Loveland, Colorado to Fred and Myrtle DADY. Three months after her birth, her
mother became ill. Amy Ruth was sent to Kellerton, Iowa to be raised by her aunt and uncle, Jesse and Lavon AKERS. Amy
Ruth departed this life in the Ringgold County Hospital on November 23, 1999 at the age of 79 years.
Amy Ruth spent her entire life in Ringgold county. She graduated from Kellerton High School in 1937 and was married to
Wilson H. HOLMES on December 11, 1938. Amy Ruth was a wonderful mother to six children, David, Kathryn, Janet, John,
Curtis and Rodney.
She was a member of the Kellerton Methodist church and had devoted her life to her family and friends. Amy Ruth was never
too busy to lend a hand to someone who needed help or just to "lend an ear". She answered to many by different names: Mom
HOLMES, Grandma Ruthie, "Floobie", and will be missed so very much and remembered for her fun-loving and pleasant
Left to cherish her memories are: her brother, Verl (Bud) DADY and Neva of Casper Wyoming; a sister, Betty KRULL and
children; brother-in-law Howard DUGAN and family of Napa, California; Harold AKERS, whom she considered a brother, and
family of Kellerton; her six children: David Franklin and Connie HOLMES of Oakton, Virginia; Kathryn Lavon STILL and
Janet Pauline HOLMES of Springfield, Missouri; John Wilson HOLMES of Mount Ayr; Curtis Alan and Martina HOLMES and Rodney
Eugene and Debbie HOLMES of Kellerton.
Her many grandchildren, the delight of her existence, were: Derek Franklin and Tina HOLMES of Edina, Minnesota; Douglas
Edwin and Gina STILL and Ronche Ray and Katie STILL of Mount Ayr; Gregory Leroy and Crystal STILL of Creston; Colby Ryan
and Tricia HOLMES of Diagonal; Kimberly Ann McNABB and Johnathon David HOLMES of Afton; Christina Marie HOLMES of Des
Moines; and Chad Eugene and Travis ROYALAN of Kellerton.
Great-grandbabies are Calob Maxwell, Lucas Edwin, Jordan Douglas and Taylor Alexandra STILL, Cassandra Ruth, Jesse Ray
and Jacob Michael STILL of Mount Ayr; Bryce Gregory and Austin James STILL of Creston; Katelyn Mary and Russell Ryan
HOLMES of Diagonal; and Shawn Curtis HOLMES, David Wayne and Shelby Christopher KELLER of Kellerton.
Amy Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Myrtle DADY, Jesse and Lavon AKERS; a sister Mable DUGAN; and
her husband Wilson HOLMES.
She touched many lives in special ways that each will know and continue to keep her memory alive. We all love her, miss
her and there will be an empty place at the table and in our lives forever.
Funeral services were held at the Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa on Friday, November 26 at 1
p.m. with Pastor Rick Hawkins officiating. Musical selection included "Just a Closer Walk With Thee."
Casketbearers were Monte AKERS, Terry MUNMYON, Mike STARK, Randy JOHNSON, Brad STILL and Bill SCHUSTER.
Amy Ruth was laid to rest in the Maple Row Cemetery at Kellerton, Iowa.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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