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Ruth Leek Bodenhamer
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Birth: Sep. 19, 1915
Missouri, USA
Death: Sep. 17, 2000
Polk County
Missouri, USA

Ruth Leek Bodenhamer was the daughter of Claude and Mamie (Hudgens) Bodenhamer. Ruth married Lewis Frankrick Bodenhamer 29 Aug 1935 in Strafford, Greene County, Missouri
Ruth M. Leek Bodenhamer, 84, was born Sept. 19, 1915, and passed away Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, in Citizens Memorial Healthcare Facility after a short illness.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Ronald and Betty Jane Bodenhamer of Brookline, Carol and Raymond Fuller of Bolivar, Nancy Jobe of Rocky Mount and Becky and Ken Legan of Half Way; 15 grandchildren, Randy Bodenhamer of Morrisville, Susan Trotter, Kathy Osredker, Donna Petiford, Rob Bodenhamer, Richard Bodenhamer and Mark Snow, all of Springfield, Rusty Bodenhamer of Aurora, Linda Lincks, Michael Snow of Van Buren, Ark., Brenda Cannaliotto of Fort Smith, Ark., Joseph Jobe of Jefferson City, Jason Jobe of Columbia, Brock Legan of Macon and Stephanie Howard of Jasper; 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Also surviving are one brother, Norman Leek of Seattle, Wash., and several nieces and nephews. Her family was the joy of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Mamie Hudgens Leek; her husband, Lewis F. Bodenhamer; one son, Stephen; two brothers, Raymond and Doral Ed Leek; two sisters, Dorothy Leek and Emily Lytle; and one grandson, Kent Jobe.

Ruth graduated from Aurora High School in 1934 and completed a business postgraduate course in 1935. Lewis and Ruth were married Aug. 29, 1935, and made their home on the family farm at Strafford until 1959, when they moved to a farm near Half Way. After Lewis's death in 1971, Ruth moved to Bolivar, where she resided until her death. Ruth was saved at an early age and was active in the church as long as her health permitted. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Bolivar and had served as pianist, Sunday school and Bible school teacher, camp counselor and Polk County Women's Missionary Union president. Ruth served as a dorm mother at Southwest Baptist University for several years after the death of her husband. She was also active in Mizpah Chapter No. 230 Order of the Eastern Star, receiving her 50-year pin this year. Ruth held many offices including organist and Worthy Matron. She was a member of the Study Club of Bolivar, a General Federated Women's Club, where she served as president and GFWC Sixth District treasurer.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Pitts Chapel with burial following in Crestview Memorial Gardens east of Bolivar. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in care of the funeral home. Information from Jan Breshears, Thomas

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  Ronald Wayne Bodenhamer (1936 - 2008)*
  Carol A Bodenhamer Snow Fuller (1938 - ____)*
  Stephen Lewis Bodenhamer (1950 - 1968)*
*Calculated relationship
Crestview Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Polk County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Brenda Clouse, Mosher
Record added: Jul 16, 2009
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Ruth <i>Leek</i> Bodenhamer
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Love from your daughter Carol. I miss you. You were a wonderful mom.
- Carol Bodenhamer
 Added: May. 29, 2012
With Love From Your Husbands 3 X Great Grandparents 4 Great Grandson, Cowboy.
- Cowboy
 Added: Oct. 5, 2009

- Brenda Clouse, Mosher
 Added: Jul. 16, 2009

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