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Smiley, Ruth


Louisville, KY: Died Saturday, May 4, 2013, after a short illness. Born August 11, 1918, she was the first child of Samuel and Altie Bertha (Winnick) Goldman, in Utica, NY. She grew up in Auburn, in New York State's Finger Lakes Region. She attended Ohio State University and was a member of Phi Epsilon Pi Sorority. In Auburn she met the love of her life, Joseph Smiley. They married in May, 1942, the wedding having been moved up from June because Joe had been drafted.

Ruth and Joe lived in Binghamton, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and for nearly half a century in Rochester, NY. She came to Louisville, KY in 2011 to be near her family after illness set in.

Ruth read four papers a day until forced down to two by the demise of afternoon newspapers. She followed fashion and style as well as current events, but her great passions were her home and her large extended family. Always a central store of information, she became keeper of the stories that are central to family life. In older age she inspired others with her courage, intelligence, indomitable will, and love of life. She was a beautiful child and an even more beautiful woman, all the way to the end.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe; and her brothers, Jack, Charles and Bill. She is survived by her beloved daughter and son-in-law, Gail (Smiley) and Robert B. Koach of Louisville; her sister, Adele Lucas of Riverside, CA; sister-in-law, Marilyn Goldman of Rochester, NY; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, from coast to coast.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Parrs/Springhurst Pines for their loving care and to the palliative caregivers at the Episcopal Church Home.

Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, NY. Local arrangements were entrusted to Herman Meyer & Son, Louisville, KY and Langham Funeral Home in Auburn. The family asks that expressions of sympathy be made to The Jewish Hospital in Denver, CO, Temple B'rith Kodesh in Rochester, NY or to donor's favorite charity.

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on May 6, 2013
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