Ruth Lucille <I>Armour</I> Dunham

Ruth Lucille Armour Dunham

Saint Mary, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
Death 26 Nov 1926 (aged 26)
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Burial El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 32315290 · View Source
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Great grandmother of Barack Obama. (Source: Research staff of the Wichita Pub. Library.)

Died November 26, 1926 from ptomaine poisoning. Resided in Topeka, Kansas. Survivors-husband Ralph Dunham of Topeka, sons Ralph Dunham, Jr. and Stanley Dunham, sister, Doris Armour. (Wichita Eagle)

The following is from The Topeka Daily Capital, dated Nov. 27, 1926;
Mrs. Ruth Dunham drinks poison after quarrel with husband
Mrs. Ruth Dunham, 26, of 703 Buchanan street, ended her life Thursday night by taking strychnine in her husband's auto repair shop at 1117 West Sixth avenue. Her body was found by her husband, Ralph Dunham, early yesterday morning.
Thursday, Mr. and Mrs. Dunham went to Melvern to spend Thanksgiving with Dunham's sister, Mrs. H. I. Whitney. While in Melvern Mr. and Mrs. Dunham had a disagreement. While Dunham and his brother, Earl Dunham, went hunting, Mrs. Dunham returned to Topeka. Before taking poison, she wrote a letter to the effect that her husband did not love her any more.
The body will be taken to El Dorado, Kan., for burial."

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ruth Lucille Armour Dunham (1 Sep 1900–26 Nov 1926), Find a Grave Memorial no. 32315290, citing Sunset Lawns Cemetery, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Larry E. Barnes (contributor 5663157) .