Ruth Buxton Sayre


Tribute to Mrs. Sayre (Tune: "It's a Grand Old Flag")
She's a grand old gal, She's a wonderful gal...
She's for Farm Bureau too And we're with her in thought and in prayer.
She's our shining star Adored, near and far, Our beloved Mrs. Sayre.

Ruth Baxton Sayre was once Iowa's premier farm spokeswoman. As the only women member appointed by President Eisenhower to his national agricultural advisory commission, she received national recognition for her knowledge of agricultural problems and her many years of service to farm people. Sayre's best-known efforts on behalf of rural Americans were through the Farm Bureau and the organization she helped found—Associated Country Women of the World. She also served on the advisory committee to the United States Secretary of Labor and the National Safety Council, and was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the National Civilian Defense Committee. In addition, she held posts in two United Nations organizations. Sayre was born in Indianola in 1896. She died in 1980 at age 84. Sayre was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1976.

UPDATE: Sayre died in 1980 at the age of 84.