Caruth Smith Washington
Caruth Smith


AGE: 104 • Monroe

Caruth Smith Washington, 104, the daughter of a Civil War Medal of Honor recipient and believed to be the last direct descendant of a slave in America, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2012, at Cranbury Nursing Home, Monroe. Born to the late Gertrude Catlett Smith and Color Sergeant Andrew Jackson Smith. Caruth was an educator and community activist in Ca. and NY.

Predeceased by her husband, Dr. Edward L. Washington; son, Ricque Le'Seur, Sr.; sister, Susan Shelton. Survived by her grandchildren, China, Bart, Che and Ricque Le'Seur, Jr.; two nephews; one niece and a host of relatives and friends.

The memorial service will be Wed., Dec. 5th at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, 771 Somerset Street, Somerset. Family will receive greetings from 6:30 p.m until service. Arrangements are by Anderson Funeral Service.

Published by Home News Tribune on Dec. 4, 2012.
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On behalf of the Officers and men of the Cadot-Blessing Camp #126 SUVCW Department of Ohio, our heartfelt sympathies.
James Oiler
December 18, 2012
On behalf of Col. Elmer Ellsworth Camp #23, Department of California and Pacific, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, please accept our condolences.

Allen R. Davis
December 14, 2012
On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Department of Illinois Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, we extend our deepest sympathy to a true Daughter of a Civil War Soldier. My she rest in peace.
Steve Aarli Dept. Secretary
December 13, 2012
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