Ruthann "Ruthie" Smith

November 22, 1933 - October 01, 2022


Obituary For Ruthann "Ruthie" Smith

DEFOREST—Ruthann Smith, age 88, passed away on October 1, 2022. She was born on November 22, 1933 in Bristol to the late Gilbert and Ruth (Quamme) Derr. Ruthann was a graduate of Columbus High School. She was united in marriage to Eldon Smith on July 9, 1956. She attended countless sporting events over the years and always enjoyed being surrounded by her children and grandchildren for family celebrations. Ruthann and her sisters will be lovingly remembered as the Bristol Belles.

For those who knew Ruthie, she was an energetic person who had a real zest for life and playing games. Although sheepshead was her card game of choice, she was always ready for a game of cribbage, dominos, double-deck euchre, solitaire or dice. Enjoying life was her passion and she remained active until she could no longer join her friends for weekly card games and gambling trips.

Ruthann is survived by her children, Clifton (Colleen), Grant (Lacinda), Larry (Norma), Rhonda (Kevin) Gilbertson, Neil (Susan), Daryl (Shaunde), Amy (Tim) Pfeil; 13 grandchildren, Devlin (Greg), Rachel (James), Matt (Chrissy), Ben (Lacy), Garrett (Olivia), Adam (Tracy), Courtney (Josh), Alec, Jason (Dawn), Carrie, Abby (Alex), Chambree, Neeleigh and 16 great grandchildren.

A private family service will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 followed by a celebration of Ruthie’s life at Rude’s Lanes in DeForest from 4-6 pm.

The family would like to thank Ryan Funeral Home of DeForest and Chaplain David Brynelson. The family also sends a special thank you to Ruthie’s hospice care team (Patti, Lisa, Laura, Andrew and Aubrie) who will be remembered for their compassion, patience, guidance and sense of humor as her health declined. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to ProMedica Heartland Hospice.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services Windsor/DeForest Chapel 6924 Lake Road 608-846-4250


12 Oct

Celebration of Life

04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Rude's Lanes 210 E. Holum Street DeForest, WI 53532 Get Directions »
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  • 10/09/2022

    I remember clearly her laugh and her spunk. I loved that she would get on a plane to go gambling, sometimes on her own! She loved life and didn't let things keep her from living her life to the fullest. I wonder what games she's playing in heaven!. My sympathies to all of her family; she lived a life worth celebrating. Judy Quamme Conlin

  • 10/08/2022

    My deepest sympathy to the entire Smith family. I am very sorry for your loss. My fondest memory was sitting with her watching Grant wrestle vs. UWSP for the Badgers when I was in college at Point. She sure was a "super fan" of kids & grands! God Bless, Paul R. Blackmon

  • 10/06/2022

    Great memories of Ruth, Al and the whole Smith family growing up as neighbors on Hwy K. We are so sorry for your loss, Ruthie was always fun! Tom & Lisa Schoenmann

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  • 10/05/2022

    Rest in peace. Great fun playing cards with you And my mom Betty Timm. My sincere condolences 🙏

  • 10/05/2022

    Our sincere condolences for your loss, Ruthie was a sweetheart I will always remember from my school days with her children. May she rest in Peace. Charles Amundson and Family

  • 10/05/2022

    Bill and I remember your Mom and Dad from Norway Grove Bar. Had a lot of great times out there good memories and Ruthie and Eldon were good people. Sorry for your loss and may she RIP. Bill and Rita Bliese

  • 10/04/2022

    Ruthie always had a smile...... lots of memories! Love and hugs. Kristen Quamme Miller


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