Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 15, 2013

Ruth Smith

ALDEN — Ruth Smith, 98, of Alden, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City. She was born on Nov. 1, 1915, in Kalkaska County, to the late George and Sarah (Yerks) Peterson.

Ruth graduated from Alden High School.

She married Lawrence “Tunk” Smith on Sept. 15, 1940, in Alden, where she spent most of her life.

Ruth loved nature, music, animals, children and bingo. She regularly attended the Original Michigan Fiddlers Association Jamboree as she loved the fiddle, which her older brother, Pete, use to play.

As a young woman she enjoyed walking miles after wild berries, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, mushrooms, deer hunting, ice fishing and looking for Petoskey stones on a beach. She also prepared walnuts from the black walnut trees she had planted and also picked up wild beechnuts.

Ruth loved Torch Lake, “where the rainbow stores its colors.” She was gentle, non-judgmental and patient, knew how to enjoy the simple things in life and was genuinely happy.

Ruth attended the Alden United Methodist Church.

Ruth is survived by her children, Norman “Pete” (Betty) Smith, of Traverse City, Mary (Don) Moore, of Sears, and Ruth Ann Smith, of Alden; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and her sister-in-law, Barbara Peterson.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Tunk in 1999; her brother, Oscar Elmer “Pete” Peterson; and her sister, Jessie Ringle.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m., at the Alden United Methodist Church, with Pastor Dan Biteman officiating.

Memorials can be made to Munson Hospice House, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684.

Arrangements were made by Wolfe-O’Neill Funeral Home, our family serving yours.

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