ASHTABULA — Ruth Ellen Smith, age 79, went home to the arms of her Lord and Savior, on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
The daughter of Raymond and Elizabeth M. (Wilker) Calaway, she was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, on Feb. 8, 1935, and had remained a lifelong area resident.
On May 31, 1952, she married her beloved husband, Albert John Smith Sr., in Decatur, Ind. and they celebrated sixty-one years of love and memories prior to his death on July 24, 2013.
Ruth was a longtime member of Plymouth United Methodist Church, where she and Albert were very active.
A woman of many talents; her flower and vegetable gardens brought Ruth many hours of enjoyment. She and her children raised many types of animals, including ducks, pheasants, raccoons, rats, snakes, geese, and even monkeys. The last year she had been kept company by her “crazy dog” Peanut, and her Diamond Dove Baby.
Ruth’s greatest joy came from being a wife, mom, grandma, and great-grandma. Her love of family and friends was endless. She enjoyed caring for her grandchildren and watching them grow into wonderful young adults. She will be remembered for her love of life, her joy of living and her great faith.
Ruth is survived by her children, Bruce (Tracey) Smith and Keith (Tammy) Smith, both of Spotsylvania, Va. and Terry (Julie) Smith of Austinburg, Ohio; brothers, Raymond, Ralph, Russell, and Paul Calaway; sisters, Betty Kiss, Edith Stillman and Carol Moore. Ruth is also survived by 14 loving grandchildren; eight devoted great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; children, Roger Smith and Albert J. Smith Jr. and Shirley McCaughey; brothers, Arthur and Jack Calaway; and sisters, Marjorie Burleson and Nancy Bailey.
Calling Hours will be observed from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon, on Saturday, July 5th, at Plymouth United Methodist Church, 970 Plymouth Road, Plymouth Township, Ashtabula.
Funeral Services will follow at 12 Noon, Saturday, at the Church, with the Rev. Samara Jenkins, Pastor, officiating. Entombment will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville.
If desired, contributions in honor of her beloved husband, Albert, may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004.
DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula is in charge of arrangements. Obituary at www.ducro.com and starbeacon.com.