Ruth Eleanor Mary Smith (nee Ashley)
Passed away peacefully on Friday, January 18, 2019 in her 94th year.
Predeceased by her beloved husband James Hamilton Smith (2008). Loving mother of Fran Zavitz (Randy) and Bruce Smith (Marilyn). Cherished grandmother of Ken (Helen), Grant (Nicole), Sherry (Dennis) Ryan and Mandy (Bruce). Proud great grandmother of Katie, Kevin, Cameron, Scott, Brayden, Makayla, Alyssa, Ava and James. Survived by her dear sister-in-law Charlotte Hellyer. Lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sisters Fran (Chuck) and Jean (Gerald) and in laws Norm (Olive) and Fred (Ann). Ruth loved her secretarial job with the Hamilton Board of Education for 30 years. She and her husband Jim enjoyed many years of travel, golf, curling, square dancing and socializing with a wide circle of friends. Ruth was a long time member of Barton Stone United Church and later Linden United Church, in Hamilton.
Always fashionably dressed, she stayed active in her senior years with yoga and line dancing. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Lookout Ridge Retirement Home for their care and compassion, especially Jen and Anita, and to Ruth's niece Gail who did so much for her. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service to celebrate Ruth's life will be held at Lookout Ridge Retirement home, Fonthill, on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11:00 am in the chapel. Interment will take place at White Chapel Cemetery in Hamilton in spring. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Arthritis Society or the Salvation Army.