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Joan Ruth Sawyer
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No services were held for Joan Ruth Sawyer, 97, of Modesto. The former Ceres businesswoman died July 22, 2008 at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson.

Born Jan. 12, 1911 to Irish immigrant parents John and Betty Grieves Davis, Mrs. Sawyer was a native of Robinson, Ill. She came to Stanislaus County as a young lady and spent the rest of her life here. She owned and operated a beauty shop in Ceres for more than 25 years. After her husband, Carl Sawyer's retirement from Gallo Glass, they traveled extensively throughout the United States.

She leaves behind her daughter-in-law, Robin Link of Chino. She was preceded in death by husband Carl.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /August 13, 2008