Ruth M. (Dunkel) Smith was born Sept. 16, 1918, in Deep Water, Mo., to Anna L. Dunkel (McKee) and Elvie L. Dunkel. When she was just a young child, the family moved to Lakin, Kan. She attended a country school through eighth grade.
She was joined in matrimony to Kenneth G. Smith in 1937. Four children were born to this union: George E. Smith (Mary Ann), of Del Norte; Charlotte Good, of Colorado Springs; Mary Kyle, of Craig; and Betty Trumble (Milton), of Olathe. She was preceded in death by her siblings; her parents; and her husband.
She was blessed with 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. She loved all her grandchildren the same. She loved to play cards with them and spend time with them. She was deeply loved by all who knew her — nieces, nephews and all.
She was a generous, loving person, and we all enjoyed her cheery laugh and smile. Ruth had a sound mind almost to the end of her life. She was a passionate reader and loved crossword puzzles. She cared for her husband for 22 years after he developed Alzheimer’s disease. She will be greatly missed by all her family. She resided with her daughter, Mary Kyle, in Craig, the last eight years of her life.
A memorial service was held May 5, 2013, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. A graveside service was conducted for burial May 7 at Hillside Cemetery in Fort Lupton. She was laid to rest next to her husband, Kenneth Smith.