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SAVANNAH, GA. - Ruth B. Smith, age 96, a resident of Savannah, Ga., since 1998, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Savannah, Ga.
She was born June 11, 1915, in Norfolk, Va., to the late Annie and Nathan Brown and was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Smith in 1998; and sister, Edell Gabel in 1994.
She was a former resident of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Hampton, Va., where she was a longtime member of B'Nai Israel Synagogue. She was active in National Council of Jewish Women and Hadassah. She was known for being a wonderful lady with a beautiful, sparkling smile for everyone. What she most enjoyed were the regular trips she and her best travel buddy, her beloved Herman, took, visiting more than 120 countries.
She is survived by her two devoted children, Marcia Lebos (Harvey) of Savannah, Ga., and Barbara (Ken) Horwitz of Dallas, Texas; four loving grandchildren, Mark Lebos (Jessica) and David Lebos, of Savannah, Ga., Seth Horwitz (Lily) of Dallas, Texas, and Lisa Horwitz of Sunnyside, N.Y.; and three great-grandchildren, Abraham and Liberty Lebos and Evan Horwitz; sister, Lorraine Brody of Greenville, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services will be held at the Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula, on Kecoughtan Road in Hampton, at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that charitable contributions in Ruth's memory be made to the America Cancer Society.
Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

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January 31, 2012
My heart goes out to you, Bobbie, Marcia, and your family. I often think of visiting your home and hearing you speak about your mother knitting sweaters, of her enjoying the water in the summer and other family stories. I remember her as such a gracious lady.
Frances Goodson Wang
January 29, 2012
Bobbie and family,
I just read about the death of your mother. My sympathies to all of you - - what a full life she must have had!
Patsy Hallett, (Patsy Blackard)
NNHS Class of 1965
Patsy Hallett
January 28, 2012
Dear Bobbie and Marcia,

I was sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. May her memory indeed be for a blessing...

Carla Cripps, née Fine, NNHS Class of '65
Carla Cripps
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