Ruth E. Smith

OREGON - Ruth E. Smith, age 95, passed away on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

She was born on Jan. 26, 1919, in Rutland Township, the daughter of Jens and Signe (Larsen) Olsen. She graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1936 and continued to be a lifelong resident of the Oregon area. Ruth was united in marriage to Louis "Bud" Smith on Sept. 16, 1950. He passed away on Nov. 9, 1992. She worked as a switchboard operator/supervisor for General Telephone for 30 years, 1 month and 4 days.

Ruth was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church. She was involved with the quilting group, the annual smorgasbord and making lefse. Ruth taught ceramics and China painting for over 20 years. She was also involved with Silver Threads, the Oregon Senior Center, and Northside and Southside Card Clubs. She loved birds, especially Cardinals, flowers, crafts, playing cards and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Ruth Ann (fiancé, David Davis) Smith of Fitchburg; nieces, Edie (Russ) Grossen of Brooklyn and their family and Nancy (Steve) Schulz of Monroe. She is further survived by sisters-in-law, Margaret Olsen, Mimi Vetter and Helen Smith; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother, Eugene Olsen; and Bud's brother, Raphael; and sisters, Jean, Delores and Lea and their spouses.

Funeral services will be held at ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 625 E. Netherwood, Oregon on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Paul Markquart presiding. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Oregon. Visitation will be held on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

The family gives a special thank you to the staff at Skaalen for their loving care and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, or to the family.

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