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Ruth Lucille Dunham (Armour)

Birthplace: Illinois, United States
Death: Died in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, United States
Cause of death: Suicide
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Harry Ellington Armour; Harry Ellington Armour and Gabriella Lee Armour
Wife of Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham
Mother of Virginia Mae Dunham; Mr Dunham; Ralph Dunham, Jr. and Stanley Armour Dunham
Sister of Doris Evelyn Balcom
Half sister of Harry E. Armour; Nevada M Armor; Floyd H Durham; Ruth W Armour; Ellsworth William Armour and 1 other

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About Ruth Lucille Dunham

Ralph Waldo Emerson DUNHAM

Ruth Lucille ARMOUR

Husband: Ralph Waldo Emerson DUNHAM

Birth: 25 Dec 1894, Argonia, Dixon Twp., Sumner Co., KS

Death: 4 Oct 1970, Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS

Occupation: cafe owner; auto mechanic; tooling dept. of Boeing Aircraft

Father: Jacob William DUNHAM

Mother: Mary Ann KEARNEY

Marriage: 3 Oct 1915, Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS

Wife: Ruth Lucille ARMOUR

Birth: 1 Sep 1900, IL

Death: 25 Nov 1926, Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS

Occupation: homemaker

Father: Harry Ellington ARMOUR

Mother: Gabriella CLARK

Children — born in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS:

1. Ralph Waldo Emerson DUNHAM, Jr., b. Aug 1916

2. Stanley Armour DUNHAM, b. 23 Mar 1918

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1. Marriage Record:

2. 1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at, Image #20 of 25): 226 Walnut, Wichita (Ward 5), Sedgwick Co., KS, Roll T625_550, p. 179B, SN 10B, SD 8, ED 150, enumeraed 10 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):°

Ruth Armour was born 1 September 1900 in Illinois to Harry Armour (1874) and Gabriella Clark (1877) and died 25 November 1926 in Wichita, in Kansas, at the age of 26 years of unspecified causes. Ruth married Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham 3 October 1915 .

Obama's great-grandmother -- took her own life in 1926. Obama's grandfather, then just 8, found her body. After his wife's suicide, Dunham sent his two sons to live with his mother- and father-in-law.

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; "YOUNG WIFE KILLS SELF 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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Ruth Lucille Dunham's Timeline

September 1, 1900
Illinois, United States
Age 15
Kansas, United States
Age 15
July 20, 1917
Age 16
Kansas, United States
March 23, 1918
Age 17
Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, United States
November 25, 1926
Age 26
Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, United States