Ruthann Smith, 67 of Greensburg passed away on March 9, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Ruthann was at MD Anderson in Houston for cancer treatment by her wonderful team of doctors. She was born on June 5, 1952 in Franklin, Indiana, the daughter of Charles Oran and Wilma Louise (Mitchell) Ray. Ruthann was a 1970 graduate of Indian Creek High School, a 1974 graduate of Purdue University, and a 1978 graduate of IUPUI. She taught English at Lebanon, Greenwood, South Decatur and Greensburg Junior High. She inspired and touched many young lives. On June 26, 1982 she married the love of her life, Daryl Smith and together they had three sons- Brad, Grant and Stew. She battled cancer for 7 years with true grace and grit. When she was diagnosed, it was a dream of hers to live long enough to become a Grandma. Ruthann was able to witness the birth of her two grandchildren- Charlotte Elizabeth and Connor Bradford Smith. Her children and grandchildren brightened all of her remaining days. Ruthann was a member of United Methodist Church of Greensburg, the PEO Sisterhood, cancer support groups and Chi Omega sorority. Ruthann’s love for the Lord was obvious to anyone who knew her. She praised and gave glory to God all through her battle. Ruthann reassured us that physical healing was not the only victory that could come from this fight. The Lord’s promise to her was more than physical – it was eternal life in heaven. Ruthann loved gospel music, especially the Gaither Vocal Band. We are grateful she is no longer suffering, but her beautiful soul will be greatly missed.
Survivors include: Husband, Gilman Daryl Smith; Sons, Peter Bradford (Katie Himes) Smith, Charles Grant (Becca Favors) Smith, and Michael Stewart (Liza Willis) Smith; Grandchildren, Charlotte and Connor Smith; Brothers, Thomas (Susie) Ray and Mark (Margie) Ray; Nieces, Emily (Brent) Ericson, Amy (Reginald) Smith. Nephew, Jeff Kean; Great nieces, Abby Walters and Adrienne Smith; Great nephew; Jordan Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents and Sister, Mary Ellen (Donald) Moody.
After much deliberation, the family has made the difficult decision to postpone services because of the current health climate. There will be no calling at this time, instead a celebration of life will be held at a later date, to be determined. At this time the family will pay their final respects in private. We invite you to sign the virtual register book and leave a condolence at www.gilliland-howe.com. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Greensburg United Methodist Church. Burial will be at a later date at a private family service at South Park Cemetery.