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On September 18, 2020, after a brief illness, Miriam Ruth Clutter was welcomed into Heaven. Miriam was born June 4, 1937 in Sheridan, MO, to Ward and Carmen (Barnes) Campbell. The family moved to Corning and then to LeMars where Miriam completed her junior year of high school. The family then moved to Mount Ayr where she attended her senior year at Mount Ayr High School, graduating in 1955.
In January 1956 she married John Clutter of Grant City, MO. John and Miriam spent most of their first 20 years of marriage living in several towns across New Mexico. In 1977 they settled in Independence, MO where John passed away in 1997. Relocating to Mount Ayr in 2007, Miriam lived out the rest of her days in the town where she felt most at home.
Miriam’s many interests included bird watching, amateur photography, oil painting, furniture repair and refinishing and sewing. Over the years she occasionally drove a school bus, including in Mount Ayr, where she was the first woman school bus driver. In later years, she loved flower gardening and taking in pets that needed a home. She was also a church pianist in many churches, beginning at the age of twelve in her own father’s church.
She leaves behind her four children: Sanford Clutter, Mount Ayr; Susan (Jon) Bone, Carrollton, TX; Sherwin (Cindy) Clutter, Aurora, IL; and Shelley (Darrell) Patterson, Independence, MO. She has ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sister, Yvonne Kinkade, Sun City, AZ and Rev. Phillip (Kathy) Campbell, Douds, IA. Preceding her in death are her husband, John Clutter, parents, Ward and Carmen Campbell, and brothers, Cleo Campbell and Doyle Campbell.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Regular Baptist Church in Mount Ayr. Pastor Seth Denney will officiate the services. Open viewing will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 16, 2020 with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr. Burial will be at the Athelstan Cemetery in Athelstan, IA. The family requests that memorial gifts be designated for cancer research at Mayo Clinic. Memorials can be made online at or mailed to: Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

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