Ruth Anna (Clark) Bowles
March 16, 1929 - September 27, 2017
Ruth Anna (Clark) Bowles, 88, of Clarks Hill, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Franciscan St. Elizabeth East Hospital, Lafayette.
Ruth Anna was born to the late Keith B. and Virginia (Trotter) Clark on March 16, 1929.
She attended Clarks Hill School before graduating from Purdue University in 1951 with a degree in Home Economics. Ruth Anna was a life member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.
On June 17, 1951, she married her sweetheart, John G. Bowles, at the Clarks Hill Christian Church. He preceded her in death June 17, 1989.
In addition to being a loving Mother and devoted Grandmother, Ruth Anna had a passion for agriculture and livestock. She enjoyed telling stories of growing up on the farm and continuing those same traditions with her family During her time at Purdue, she was recognized as the first female to win the Key Award for livestock judging. She enjoyed raising Silkie chickens and Border Cheviot Sheep, and was proud to continue the family's 100-year tradition.
Ruth Anna was active as the President of the Tippecanoe County Home Economics Club, a girl's 4-H Club Leader and she had also served as Secretary of the Indiana State Fair Poultry Barn. Over her lifetime, she attended Clarks Hill Christian Church and Darlington Christian Church.
Ruth Anna served as the National Secretary for the American Cheviot Sheep Society from 1980-2000, later becoming an Honorary Director with the Society. In 1995, she received the Oren A. Wright Memorial Award, presented by the Indiana Sheep Breeders Association for outstanding service to the sheep industry. In 2006, she was presented an award from the Governor's wife for her support and exhibition at the Indiana State Fair. She enjoyed traveling to various national livestock shows and reminiscing with her life-long livestock friends.
Surviving are one son, J. Clark (Ruth Ann) Bowles, of Clarks Hill; two grandchildren: Crystal (Matthew) Paris, of Frankfort, and Clark (Morgan) Bowles, of Lafayette. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren, Claire and Lillian Paris, and Owen Bowles. Additionally surviving are her sister-in-law, Betty Clark, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, Ruth Anna was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Bickett and her brother, Hal Clark.
A funeral service celebrating Ruth Anna's life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 2 in Fisher Funeral Chapel, Lafayette. Pastor Dean Kronke will officiate at the services.
Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Clarks Hill.
Visitation hours will be held on Sunday, October 1 from 2-5 p.m. at Fisher Funeral Chapel.
Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association in loving memory of Ruth Anna. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
You may Light a Candle of Hope in Remembrance and sign online condolences for Ruth Anna by visiting www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.
Visitation: Funeral Home