BLOOMFIELD — Ruth Ailene Smith, 85, of rural Bloomfield, passed away April 14, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
She was born May 28, 1928, in Moulton to Ward and Etha Hurd Daniels. She graduated from Moulton High School in 1945. In 1946, Ruth married Wendell Lee Smith. The couple owned and operated the Western Auto Store for many years in Bloomfield. From 1969-82, they owned and operated Smith Chevrolet in Bloomfield. Wendell passed away Oct. 27, 1986. Ruth was a member of the Bloomfield Christian Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Ilene (Harlie) Deckard of Tucson, Ariz.; son, Darrell Lee (Gail) Smith of Winfield; four grandchildren, Danielle Byers, Ryan Smith, Matthew Smith, Mirra Anson; a sister, Barbara Payne of Milton, Fla.; and a brother, Bob Daniels, also of Milton, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a brother, Stuart Daniels.
A private memorial service will take place at a later date.
Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements, and online condolences may be directed to www.waglerfuneralhome.com.