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Ruth May Smith

SPRINGVALE Ruth May (Detwiler) Smith, 92, of Windsor Township, passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at York Hospital. She was the wife of Richard J. Smith, who passed away in 1991. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2012, at St. Paul (Springvale) United Methodist Church, 265 Circle Drive in Red Lion. Her pastor, The Reverend Thomas R. Osenbach will be officiating at the service. Viewings will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Life Tributes by Olewiler & Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., 35 Gotham Place in Red Lion and Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Bethlehem Stonepile U. M. Cemetery. Mrs. Smith was born in York on January 13, 1920, the daughter of the late Amos and Esther Mae (Stein) Detwiler. She had worked in various cigar factories, shoe factories, a sewing factory, and Auto Kraft Box Corporation in Red Lion. Mrs. Smith was a 50 year member of St. Paul (Springvale) United Methodist Church in Red Lion, where she was a Sunday school teacher for 25 years, choir member, and a member of the Women's Missionary Society. She was also a terrific baker and cook. Mrs. Smith leaves two sons, Gregory A. Smith of Felton and Richard Duane Smith of Valdosta, Ga.; two daughters, Yvonne Snyder of Yorkanna and Leah Lutz and her husband William of Springvale; 13 grandchildren; Blaine Snyder and his companion, Annie, Debra Lau, Donna Kauffman, Daniel Snyder and his wife, Brenda, Mary Wherley and her husband, Lowell, Kimberly Hanniford and her husband, Rodney, Michael Smith and his wife, Carmen of Italy, Sherry Lizotte and her husband, Wesley, Brian Smith and his wife, Robin, Bradley Smith and his wife, Stephanie, Matthew Lutz and his wife, Jill, Michael Lutz and his wife, Diane, and Eric Lutz of Arizona; 24 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves a brother, Joseph Detwiler; two sisters, Mary Strine and Doris Burke and her husband Weldon. A son-in-law, Harold Snyder and two sisters, Esther Zarfos and Miriam Rusch preceded her in death. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul (Springvale) United Methodist Church, 265 Circle Drive, Red Lion, PA 17356. Loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend; she will be greatly missed by all who loved her. Send Condolences at BestLifeTributes.com

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Oct. 10, 2012
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