Gainesville - Edna Ruth Smith Laird, of Gainesville, died at her home on Thursday January 30, 2014. She was 86. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. She retired from Wise's Pharmacy where she managed the lunch counter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Laird; sons, Kenneth and John Allen Laird; sister, Mildred Chesser; and brothers, Clayton and J.D. Smith. She is survived by daughters, Gloria Thomas and Terri Matchett (Steve), both of Gainesville; sister, Hazel Jowers of Florala, AL; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and two great, great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Antioch Baptist Church, 3612 NW 177th Ave, Gainesville, FL at 11:30 AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Antioch Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main ST, Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-376-5361.

Funeral Home

Milam Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. of Gainesville
311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601-1803
(800) 433-5361

Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2014