GASTONIA - Ruth Norman Blackwood Smith, 95, of Terrace Ridge Assisted Living, died April 28, 2013.
She was born in Winston-Salem, daughter of the late Ora White and Floyd Norman.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Colonel Irvine Smith and Edward Woodston Blackwood; and a son, Ray Blackwood.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mount Holly. She was a graduate from Salem College and taught for more than 30 years at Ida Rankin Elementary School.
She is survived by two children, Eddie Blackwood and wife, Angela, of Mount Holly, and Ann Johnson and husband, Sam, of Raleigh; daughter-in-law, Claudia Blackwood; eight grandchildren, Marty Blackwood and wife, Michele, of Matthews, and children Ben, Lindsay and Matthew, John Blackwood and wife, Jane, of Mount Holly and children, Drew and wife, Hilary, of Boston, and Luke, of Boone, Greg Blackwood and wife, Jennifer, of Mount Holly and children Connor, Gavin and Davis, Julia Upton and husband, David, of Belmont and children Jamey and daughter Emily and Jordan, Katie Parker and husband, Graham, of Wake Forest, and children Lilly, Eric and Kyra, Abigail Johnson of Nashville, Tenn., Scott Blackwood and wife, Erin, of Mount Holly, and children Gabriel, Natasha, Sebastian, Atraiyu and Phoenix and Justin Blackwood, of Mount Holly.
A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Smith will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Mount Holly with the Rev. Mitch Murrow officiating.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church "We Care Fund," 140 N. Main St., Mount Holly, NC 28120.
Condolence messages may be left at www.woodlawnfuneral.org.
Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly is serving the family.