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MAY 18, 1912 -- NOV. 11, 2004

Services for Ruth Bowman Kingan of Angola, who taught cooking and sewing to Town of Evans 4-H members for 25 years and rode a horse as part of her 77th birthday celebration, will be at 10 a.m. Monday in First Congregational United Church of Christ, 132 N. Main St., Angola. Burial will be in Forest Avenue Cemetery, Angola.

Mrs. Kingan, who was born on a ranch in Sheridan, Wyoming, died Thursday in Lake Shore Community Hospital, Irving, after a brief illness. She was 92.

She learned to ride horses and to herd cattle when she was a girl. She spent her summers "helping out" on the ranch. She and her mother spent the winters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They went to Cedar Rapids part of the year because of the cold, harsh winters in Sheridan.

Mrs. Kingan graduated from high school and from Cornell College in Cedar Rapids. She received a degree in home economics.

After college, she found a job in Niagara Falls, where she met her husband, Earl, who died in 2002 after 64 years of marriage.

In addition to teaching 4-H classes, she had been president of the board for 4-H in the Town of Evans and taught part time in the adult education program for Lake Shore Central Schools for many years.

She was named Town of Evans Citizen of the Year in 1971, an honor she treasured in her later life.

Mrs. Kingan enjoyed traveling and had visited the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in late October. She also enjoyed returning to Wyoming and visiting the ranch where she was born. She also enjoyed world travel.

Survivors include two daughters, Bette Witt of Jackson and Patricia Smyser of Tucson, Ariz.; two sons, Dennis of Angola and Robert of Bolton, Mass.; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.


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