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Ruth Lavon Smith

Ruth L. Smith, 82, of Ansley, died Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Broken Bow. Private family graveside services will be Monday in the Douglas Grove Cemetery, near Comstock. Pastor Don Schauda will officiate. There will be no public visitation. Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Smith was born on Nov. 20, 1929, in rural Iuka, Illinois, the daughter of James Orin and Lillie Mae (Peters) Jones. She was united in marriage to Darrell L. Smith on Nov. 23, 1946, at Salem, Ill. She is survived by five sons and three daughters-in-law, Dan and Gloria Smith of Merna, Mike Smith of Elm Creek, Randall and Carrie Smith of Santa Rosa, Calif., Mark and Ruth Smith of Dayton, Iowa and Vince Smith of Sheldon, Wash.; one brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Velma Jones of Flora, Ill.; and three sisters and one brother-in-law, Evelyn McDaneld of Kell, Ill., Wilda and Henry Buie of St. Charles, Ill. and Donna Jones of Salem, Ill. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Ruth grew up in rural Iuka and attended country school in the area. As a young woman, she worked at the Brown Shoe Factory in Salem, Ill. After her marriage to Darrell the couple farmed mostly around Custer County, having lived in the Broken Bow, Sargent and Comstock communities. They retired in 1990 and once again lived in various communities in the area. Darrell died on Nov. 6, 2010, and she continued to live in Ansley the rest of her life. Ruth enjoyed flowers, and reading all kinds of books, especially her Bible. She loved housekeeping and cooking for her family. In addition to her husband, Darrell, she was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Dennis Smith; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Smith; one granddaughter, Delania Smith; and four brothers, Eugene, Harold, Jim and Gary Jones. Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

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Dan and Gloria, I am thinking of u in your loss. You were her shephards watching over her until the Lord called her home.

shelly santos May 22 2012 12:00 AM

I love you, Mom. God has taken you away to a better place. Until we meet again...

Randall Smith May 18 2012 12:00 AM

Grandma - I will miss you for the rest of my days. You had such a quiet, inner strength that I admire so much. I love you.

Denise Smith LeVay May 18 2012 12:00 AM

Dear Randall and family, I am very sorry for your loss. I love the picture of your Mother, she was a beautiful woman. You are in my thoughts. Jackie

Jackie Wilson May 18 2012 12:00 AM

I love you Mom. We shared so much with each other. It was an honor to help care for you when you became so weak and you fought for every breath. I look forward too hugging you again and looking at your Angelic face when I arrive in Heaven. Your loss will always leave a deep scar in my heart that will never completely heal. I know God smiled when you arrived in Glory. Good bye my sweet Angel. Danny

Dan and Gloria Smith May 18 2012 12:00 AM