January 17, 1948 ~ September 22, 2018

Born in: Corinth, WV
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Alice “Ruth” Smith, 70, of Indianapolis, passed away on September 22, 2018.  She was born in Corinth, WV on January 17, 1948 to the late Charles and Ruth (Keptlinger) Morgan.  Ruth graduated from Valley High School in Lonaconing, MD.  She then went to work for Rand McNally for 26 years.  She was the current President of the Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Post 495.

Ruth loved making memories with her children and grandchildren.  She had great reverence for our country’s veterans, and spend much time volunteering in their honor, specifically with her gift of hospitality and cooking expertise.  Her fun-loving spirit will be greatly missed by the many lives that crossed her path.

Ruth is survived by her husband of almost 51 years (December 15, 1967), Donald Smith and children, Morgan (Josie) Smith and Kimberly (David) White.  She leaves behind six grandchildren, Makayla and Amanda White, Joe and Ben Medino, Jodi Canfield, Danea Gendaker and families. And eight great-grandchildren, Xavier Winters, Trent Behken, Aubrey, Angelina, and Arabella Gundaker, Ryand and Dylan Canfield, and Alyanna Medina.  Her surviving siblings are Kenny and Jo “Bud” Morgan, and Hilda Laing.  She is preceded in death by Charles, Joe, Gary, David, Wayne, John and Sam Morgan, Josie Ridenour and David Reckhart.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date.  Please refer back to the website for updates.  Cremation arrangements provided by Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services – Lawrence.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ruth’s memory to the American Heart Association.

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  1. So sorry to hear of the passing of my dear friend and great American and the best friend the veterans ever had.we veterans loved her dearly. Prayers for the family. The Denny family love you

  2. Going to miss you Aunt Ruthie. I am so glad you were part of my life. Love You❤️

    Christine (Morgan)and Joseph (Little Joe) Frisch

  3. Prayers and Hugs! Ruth will be deeply missed. Met Ruth through Rolling Thunder of which we were both members. She was a beautiful person!

  4. I will miss seeing you and hearing you wisdom and wit! Until I see you again at the gates of our King… Love you!

  5. May God put her in a special place where she will be watching over each of you, the people who loved and cherished her!
    We offer you our thoughts, prayers and well wishes during this dark time in your life.
    Love, Holli & Family

  6. I’ll love and miss you all the days of my life. If I can be half the woman you were I’ll make my family proud. The loss is felt across the country. You’ve been such an influence in everyone’s lives. You’ll live forever.

  7. It’s hard to find the right words but Thank you for always being there for me. Even when I didn’t deserve it. You were always there for all of us kids. You were mom to so many. You will be greatly missed. Sending all my love.

  8. May you rest in peace dear lady. You have brought a lot of joy and love to your friends and family for so many years. You will be so very missed, but always loved and remembered!!

  9. I know distance may keep us apart,,, but the love of family has no boundaries. Sorry for your loss. Love all of you!!!

  10. Thank you Mrs. Smith for treating me as your own. I was probably a pain in the but sometimes, but here we are 40 years later and i am still friends with the man you raised who was yours. Thank you for being good to me, opening your home to me. May you rest in peace.

  11. It was a privilege to know you. Thanks for the conversations about my dad and your younger years.
    Marice Morgan Guilbeau

  12. Ruth was a strong supporter of the POW/MIA Mission and helping our Indiana Veterans. Ruth has prepared many bowls of soup over the years to help riders get through the cold days. For several years, Chapter Members would drop by the American Legion after the Veterans Day parade just to get a bowl of Ruth’s famous soup. The Veterans Community has truly lost a friend that will be missed. Rest in Peace.

    Your friends from Rolling Thunder Indiana Chapter 1.

  13. What a sweetie. Also met thru Rolling Thunder and we did so many things together. You and your family are in my heart forever.

  14. Farewell Grandma Ruth, you will be dearly missed by so many who love you deeply and miss you very much. We light this candle in honor of you and your legacy. Your family feels as though a part of their heart is missing. I’m praying for the family that they will soon be at peace in their hearts.

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