Ruth M. Smith

Ruth M. Smith, 91, of Markle, IN, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at 3:15 a.m. at Bluffton Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Smith was a 1935 graduate of East Union High School. She was a homemaker and she also worked as a cook at the Dutch Mill in Bluffton. She attended Turnpointe Community Church (formerly Markle Church of the Brethren) throughout her life.

She was born Feb. 16, 1918, in Wells County to Edward and Pearl Rarick Brumbaugh. She married Jay H. Smith on Dec. 25, 1940. He preceded her in death on July 30, 2002.

Survivors include a son, Ardith Smith, of Markle; two daughters, Sonja Bartlett, of Fort Worth, TX, and Cheryl Heral, of Markle; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four stepgrandsons; five stepgreat-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Calling is Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Myers Funeral Home, Markle Chapel, 415 N. Lee St., Markle. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Kurt Church officiating. Interment will be at the Markle Cemetery.

Memorials are to Family Hospice of Berne in care of Myers Funeral Home, PO. Box 403, Markle, IN 46770.

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