Ruth Drown 1915-2017

Ruth Drown 1915-2017

Ruth D. Marshall Drown, 102, of Holton, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at Glenn Moore Meadows-Pines South in Holton.

She was born March 22, 1915, in Holton, the daughter of Nile and Halcie (Glenn) Ireland.

Ruth attended Pleasant View Country School northeast of Holton and graduated from Holton High School in 1934. She was a lifelong member of the Holton community. Ruth worked as a secretary for Harry Crosswhite Attorney’s office for a year and then stayed home with her children. She was a member of Lakeview Faith Chapel.

She married Harold “Shorty” Marshall on Dec. 1, 1934, in Holton; he preceded her in death on July 2, 1971. She married Floyd L. Drown on July 25, 1975, in Holton; he preceded her in death on May 10, 1996. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Ireland; three sons-in-law, Forrest “Frosty” Farmer, Robert Baum and Dr. Carlos Chavez; and a granddaughter, Kelly Hale.

Ruth was a devoted mother, who leaves behind her most precious gifts, her seven children and their families. It is with broken hearts we return her to be with God, but this is not goodbye, it is until we see her smiling face again in heaven. Survivors include a son, Rob Marshall of Needmore, Tenn.; six daughters, Virginia Farmer of Holton, Carol Bickford (Leo) of Holton, Norma Marshall of Holton, Barbara Pollock (Tom) of Holton, Betsy Gilliland (Frank) of Holton and Gayle Powelson (David) of Topeka; 24 grandchildren; and 102 great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Ruth’s Life was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial followed in Holton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Palliative Care Room at Holton Community Hospital, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit


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109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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