Ruth Wilhmenia Smith, 85

July 31, 2010
  • Ruth Wilhmenia Smith

DEC. 13, 1924-JULY 29, 2010

Ruth Wilhmenia Smith, 85, formerly of East Lee Street in Hagerstown, Md., died Thursday, July 29, 2010, in Frederick, Md.

Born Dec. 13, 1924, in Altoona, Pa., she was the daughter of the late James W. and Marie W. Hamp Shields.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph H. Smith.

She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

She had been employed by the dietary department of Washington County Hospital for 27 years, retiring in 1990.

She is survived by one daughter, Linda Mercer and husband, Paul, of Frederick; one son, Joseph Smith and wife, Marcia, of Hagerstown; two sisters, Martha Harrier of Tyrone, Pa., and Effie Hoover and husband, Howard, of Altoona; one brother, John Shields and wife, Evelyn, of Florida; one daughter-in-law, Virgie A. Smith of Hagerstown; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and one stepson.


Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Quentin J. Fleming will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Ave., P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21701

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