Obituary: Ruth M. Anthus Smith

February 25, 1929 – September 7, 2020

Ruth M (Anthus) Smith, 91, formally of Loogootee, passed away Monday, September 7, 2020, at St. Charles Place in Jasper.

She was born on February 25, 1929, in Martin County, Indiana to Homer and Ethel (Crane) Anthus. She married Leland R. Smith on December 15, 1950, in Ft. Lewis, Washington. Leland preceded her in death in September 1989.

Ruth was a graduate of St. John Catholic High School in Loogootee, was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, and was a homemaker. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother an aunt.

Surviving is three daughters, Deborah (Dana) Abshier of Indianapolis, Joy (Ralph) Ausbrooks of Shoals, and LaDonna (George) Raney of Loogootee; six grandchildren, Deena Albin, Joshua Ausbrooks, Richar Smith, Lyndsey Inman, Molly Raney, and Casey Raney. Ten great-grandchildren also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters, Violet, Mary, Veronica, and Frances; three brothers, Kenneth, Jerome, and Lester; and one great-grandchild, Braylyn Inman

Funeral services are 3:00 p.m. Thursday at the Queen-Lee Chapel in Shoals with Father Andrew Thomas and Jim Lilly officiating. Burial will be in the St. Johns Cemetery in Loogootee. Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ruth’s memory to Open Arms Christian Ministry 4516 West St Rd 54 Bloomfield, IN 47424.

The Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the arrangements.