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Obituary for Ruth Smith

September 14, 1918 - March 28, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 99


Ruth Smith, a resident of Austin since 1953, died on March 28, 2018 at the age of 99. Ruth was born on September 14, 1918 in Palestine, Texas to Fay and Wallace Alexander. Ruth's childhood home was in Seymour, Texas, where she was the third of four sisters. Ruth's grandfather, Frank G. Alexander, was a rancher/pioneer who opened the F.G. Alexander & Mercantile Co. and founded the Methodist Church in Haskell, Texas.

Ruth was a graduate of Texas Woman's University (then Texas State College for Women) in Denton, TX. She became a teacher in Center, Texas, and met T.W. (Bud) Smith in 1940. They married in 1942 and moved to Shreveport, LA, where they had three children, Tommy, Bill and Beverly. In 1953, they moved to Austin, TX, which became their permanent home. "Bud" was the love of Ruth's life.

Ruth and Bud's home in Tarrytown was the center of family activities for over 60 years. Ruth and Bud travelled worldwide. They loved to play golf and bridge and were active members of Tarrytown Methodist Church, The Headliner's Club, and Austin Country Club. Ruth's life was dedicated to enjoying and supporting her family and friends. Bud suddenly and tragically died in 1980.

After Bud's death, Ruth traveled with her sister Connie to Canada, Europe, Russia and Egypt. She maintained close ties with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. The extended family was spread across the country to the cities of San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and Albuquerque.

Ruth persevered in the final 38 years of her life after Bud's death, creating a fulfilling, meaningful life. She was a phenomenal and loving mom, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, cousin, aunt and friend. She took all those roles seriously and established genuine relationships with all. She was a fun-loving, creative, energetic and generous person. She supported local and worldwide causes for those less fortunate. She had a wonderful sense of humor, could tell jokes, recite tongue twisters, and she always saw the bright side of everything. She made her home the center of family gatherings and wanted most to be remembered as a fair person.

Ruth loved to play all games from bingo to bridge. She taught her children, grandchildren and neighborhood children how to play games. Games were her personal link to many people. She also played the piano and loved to cook – pralines were her specialty, using a recipe that she and Bud perfected together. That was her annual Christmas gift to many of her friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, T.W. (Bud) Smith; her parents, Fay and Wallace Alexander; and three siblings, Mary Ann Hill, Evelyn Lankford, and Connie Stockman. She is survived by her children, Tom Smith (Casandra), Bill Smith (Mimi), and Beverly Dunn (Tommy); grandchildren Gabriel Smith (Emily), Neathery Brenzel (Jason), Jake Smith, Blake Smith, Casey Dunn (Sarah), and Avery Dunn; seven great grandchildren; many loving nieces and nephews.

The final years of Ruth's life were spent at Westminster Manor, where she made many new friends, learned new games, and maintained her optimistic outlook on life. The family would like to thank Westminster Manor for the loving care they provided, especially Brooks Eastman, who rewarded her love for activities with special care. She was very thankful for her caregivers and nurses, many of whom took extra time to get to know her and appreciate her sense of humor, wit, and positive attitude. The family would also like to thank Hospice Austin for their loving care of Ruth.

Contributions can be made, in Ruth's name, to Christian Adult Fellowship (CAF) at Tarrytown Methodist Church (a non-denominational community outreach program) or Meals on Wheels.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 PM, Monday, April 2, at Weed Corley Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar.

A Memorial Service will be at Tarrytown Methodist Church on April 7, 2018 at 11 AM. A private burial will be at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Tommy Smith, Bill Smith, Tommy Dunn, Casey Dunn, Blake Smith, Michael Tipton. Honorary Pallbearers: Jake Smith, Gabriel Smith, Jason Brenzel.

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  • Contributions can be made, in Ruth's name, to Christian Adult Fellowship (CAF) at Tarrytown Methodist Church (a non-denominational community outreach program) or Meals on Wheels.

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Austin, TX 78705
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