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Ruth Lyons (Graham) Bowman

d. November 9, 2021

North Manchester

Ruth Elizabeth Bowman, 97, passed away on November 9, 2021, at Peabody Health Care, North Manchester, Indiana. Ruth was born on January 31, 1924, in Blackstone, Virginia. She was the first daughter after 6 brothers, of William L. and Vesta A. (Texter) Graham. A time of rejoicing!

When Ruth was 3 years old, the family moved from Virginia to Auburn, Indiana. She received her education in the Auburn public schools, and after high school graduation in 1942, she became a secretary for an export/import business in Auburn. In 1947 she made the decision to attend Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana. In 1951, she graduated cum laude, with degrees in sociology, music, and religion.

Ruth’s first position was in Plymouth, Indiana, where she taught Bible study to elementary students during release time. Later she worked for the Plymouth Church of the Brethren as director of Christian Education, as well as choir director. In 1959, Ruth accepted the position of director of Christian Education with the North Manchester Church of the Brethren.

It was in North Manchester that she met Edward Lyons. He was the Church of the Brethren pastor in Michigan City, Indiana, a widower with two daughters, Linda and Sandra. Ruth and Ed married on New Year’s Day, 1962. After several years, Ed accepted the pastorate of a Church of the Brethren first in Miami, Florida and later in Orlando. Here Ruth was the organist for the church, as well as working for the Audubon Society. From Orlando, they moved to Kent, Washington, where Ed was pastor for the Covington Church of the Brethren. They lived in Kent until Ed’s death in 2002.

During Ruth’s college days she had briefly dated Ray Bowman until she introduced him to her roommate, Lydia. Ray and Lydia soon married. After Lydia died in 2004, Ray emailed Ruth, and the two of them rekindled their friendship, leading to their wedding in June 2005. Ruth relocated from Washington to Timbercrest, in North Manchester, where she remained after Ray’s death in 2011.

Ruth had a full and interesting life; she traveled to the Holy Land, and, with her sister, explored many areas of Washington, Oregon, and Canada. She was active in Amnesty International, and Timbercrest Seniors for Peace; she also corresponded with Death Row inmates, and often contacted government officials regarding their positions on peace and justice issues.

The loving memory of Ruth Bowman will be forever cherished by her sister, Dorothy Graham, step daughter Linda Raymond; niece, Marsha Banicki Graham, and dear friend, Jim Mitchell, who were her faithful caretakers; a “village” full of Grahams, Lyons, and Bowmans who adored her, and all her friends across the country and at Timbercrest.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents Will & Vesta Graham, brothers William, Richard, Robert, Kenneth, John, & James, and her sister Helen Potts.

A celebration of her life will be held at the North Manchester Church of the Brethren on May 21, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. with calling beginning at 1:00 p.m. Family and friends are invited for a reception following the service.

For those wishing to honor the memory of Ruth Bowman, memorials may be made to:

Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley St., North Manchester, Ind 46962

Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, Arkansas 72202 Oglala Lakota College Box 537, Kyle, South Dakota 57752

New Community Project, 117 Nature Rd, Blue Ridge, Virginia 24064

Oglala Lakota College, P.O. Box 537, Kyle, SD 57752

The family has entrusted McKee Mortuary with care and final arrangements.

Donations:

Manchester Church of the Brethren
1306 North Beckley Street, North Manchester IN 46962

Heifer International
1 World Avenue, Little Rock AR 72202

Oglala Lakota College
P.O. Box 537, Kyle SD 57752

New Community Project
117 Nature Road, Blue Ridge VA 24064

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Visitation

Saturday, May 21, 2022

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, May 21, 2022

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Reception

Saturday, May 21, 2022

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