Ruth M. Brower, 101, Kokomo, went home to be with the Lord at 8:05 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2013, at Waterford Place Health Campus in Kokomo. She was born Oct. 3, 1911, in Howard County, to William and Flora (Kirkpatrick) Gillam. On June 5, 1932, in Howard County, Ruth married Dale Brower. They were happily married for over 65 wonderful years before his passing on April 14, 1997.
Ruth graduated from Ervin Township High School in 1929 and also graduated from Indiana Business College. She worked for Reliance in Kokomo and also the Howard County Clerk’s office. She was a homemaker and a life member of the Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, a 78-year member and past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star in Young America and a 50-year member of the Ervin Township Home Economics Club. She enjoyed sewing, fishing and music and was an avid sports fan, especially I.U. basketball with Bobby Knight. She enjoyed the outdoors and playing euchre and bunco with her friends. She is survived by two daughters, Janet, and husband Jack Williams, Kokomo; Nancy Babb, Kokomo; and one son-in-law, Leo Leger, also of Kokomo. Surviving are four grandchildren, Jeff and Wendy Williams, Carmel; Jenny and Todd Firestone, Fort Wayne; Scott and Becky Babb, Russiaville; and Jamie Babb, Atlanta, Ga. Seven great-grandchildren also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale; daughter, Linda Leger; and granddaughter, Camela Leger; son-in-law, Larry Babb; and two sisters, Lois Smith and Vera Gillam.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Murray-Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston, with Pastor John Newman officiating. Burial will follow at South Union Cemetery in Howard County. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. before services on Thursday.
Memorials may be made to Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, with envelopes provided at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.murrayweaverfuneralhome.com.
Ruth’s family would like to thank the staff at Waterford Place Health Campus for all of their care during her time at Waterford.