ruth k. smith 1919 to 2013 AURORA, Colo. - Ruth K. Smith, formerly of Rockford, IL, went home to the Lord on March 17, 2013, at the Hampden Hills Assisted Living Facility in Aurora, CO. Ruth was born in Coon Valley, WI on August 8, 1919, a daughter of Ole and Clara (Kjose) Christianson Koll. She married Lowell F. Smith in Waukon, IA in 1941. Lowell, Ruth and their three children resided in Gays Mills, WI until they moved to Rockford, IL in 1951. She moved to Aurora, CO in 2010. Ruth was employed by the National Lock Company and later Rockford Memorial Hospital until she retired. She was a former member of Messiah Lutheran Church and current member of The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband in 1994; son, Gary in 2002; five brothers; and two sisters. Survivors include daughter, Donna (Clarence) of Aurora, CO; son, Roger (Nancy) of Bloomington, IL; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Doris Koll of Lacrosse, WI; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Ruth will be missed by those who knew her. A memorial service will be held in Rockford, IL at a later date.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Apr. 6 to Apr. 7, 2013