Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

Ruth M. Smith, 92, of Morton, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born Feb. 17, 1920, in Maroa, Ill., to William David and Maud (McGuire) Milnes. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1942. She worked for Caterpillar Engine Company during World War II and then became a flight attendant with Trans World Airlines. She later returned to Caterpillar to work for the comptroller in Decatur.

She married Donald L. Smith on Oct. 4, 1947, in Decatur, Ill. He preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1999. She also was preceded in death by four sisters, Louise, Mary, Dorothy and Edith; one brother, William “Bud”; two nieces, Linda Weaver of Peoria and Mary Louise Baldwin of California; and one nephew, John Waggoner of Peoria.

Surviving are three sons, Dave (Brenda) Smith and Don (Gillian) Smith, both of Morton and Doug (Nancy) Smith of Naperville, Ill.; four grandchildren, Dana (Michael) Cheesman of Carmel, Ind., Melissa (Scott) Howard of Morton, Weston Smith of Nashville, Tenn., and Carey Smith of Chicago, Ill.; two step-grandchildren, Desnee (Tim) Neubauer of Morton and Denise (John) Lux of Morton; three great-grandchildren, Ella and Miles Howard of Morton and Nora Cheesman of Carmel, Ind.; six step-great-grandchildren, Ian Lux, Mason Lux, Lizzie Lux, Maddy Lux, Steven Neubauer and Ryan Neubauer, all of Morton; one brother, Charles Milnes of Eldridge, Iowa; five nephews and four nieces.

She was a member of the Morton United Methodist Church, where she also volunteered her time. She also was a member of Chapter EE of the PEO Sisterhood.

Cremation will be accorded. A Celebration of Life service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at Morton United Methodist Church, with Rev. Gary Motta officiating. Visitation was held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. Burial of the cremated remains will be in Maroa Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Morton United Methodist Church Building Fund, 420 N. Tennessee Ave., Morton, IL 61550 or to the Edward Foundation for Camp Hope, 801 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540.

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