Ruth Clara Bowen Fleming

Funeral services for longtime Dove Creek resident Ruth Clara Bowen Fleming will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 26 at the Assembly of God Church in Dove Creek. Pastor Buddy Bishop will officiate. Interment will follow at Dove Creek Cemetery.

Ruth was born on Aug. 13, 1930 in Wheeler County, Texas to Wallace and Garcie (McMurtry) Bowen. She passed away on Monday, July 23, 2012 at Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 81.

On Dec. 10, 1948, Ruth married Willie Dallas Fleming in Aztec, N.M. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Dove Creek and the Cahone Ladies Club. Ruth enjoyed embroidery, quilting and spending time at the Senior Center in Cahone.

Surviving Ruth are her daughters, Opal Fleming of Blanding, Utah and Oma Fleming of Dove Creek; her siblings, Ethel Woods of Bluntville, Tenn. and Arthur Bowen of Huntsville, Texas; her “aunt cousin” Norma Hill of Dallas, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Garcie Bowen; her husband, Willie Fleming; her son, Delbert Fleming; and her siblings, Valley Gifford, Francis Hazen, Wallace “Jr.” Bowen, Margaret Hazen, and Charles Bowen.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cahone Senior Center, 14018 Hwy. 491, Cahone, CO 81320 or Assembly of God Church, 412 N. Guyrene, Dove Creek, CO 81324.

Services are under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to and click on the obituary section.