FLORENCE, SC — Ruth Gibson Graham, wife of Lawrence (Larry) Graham, Florence, South Carolina, passed away Monday, September 14, 2009, at McLeod Hospice House. Ruth was a resident of Clinton from 1946 to 1958 and again from 1965 to 1972.

Ruth Jean Gibson was born September 27, 1923, in Red Oak, Iowa, to Russell and Ruby Clement Gibson. She graduated from Shenandoah High School in Shenandoah, Iowa, in 1940 where she was Senior Class President, Homecoming Queen, and 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 in Stanton, Iowa. 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, Chapter HV in Clinton; 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. While in Clinton she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she was involved with Church Circle. 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 will be Thursday, September 17, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Florence. Burial will be in the family plot in Red Oak, Iowa at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to The American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave D., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, First Presbyterian Church, 700 Park Ave., Florence, SC 29501, The PEO Sisterhood Chapter N or to a charity of your choice.

Online condolences at www.cainfuneralhome.com

Death date: Sept. 14, 2009

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