Ruth Irene (Nivison) Smith

November 24, 1931 ~ June 18, 2019 (age 87)


Ruth Irene Smith, 87, of John Day, Oregon passed away on June 18, 2019, at her residence.  A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints in John Day, Oregon with Bishop Dave Archibald officiating.  Interment will be held immediately following the church service at Rest Lawn cemetery in John Day, Oregon. 

Ruth was born on November 24, 1931 in Los Angeles, California to Hector Nivison and Ellynne Trumbull.  She graduated from high school in Mt. Vernon, Oregon.  On September 27, 1951 she married Randel Smith in John Day, Oregon.  Ruth was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting, sewing, coloring, and reading, she also loved genealogy and family history.  She was also a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints loving to greet people as they came in the door. Ruth was proud to have served on a mission for the church.

She is survived by her children Dixie Smith of Crescent City, California, Randy Smith of Florida, Debbie Wessley of Crescent City, California, Mindy Sue of Oklahoma, Laurel Baucum of John Day, Oregon, and Hector Smith of Washington.  She is also survived by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ruth is preceded in death by her husband Randel smith Sr. and her son Randel Smith Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital through Driskill Memorial Chapel at 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

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Funeral Service
June 26, 2019

10:00 AM
Church of Jesus Christ Latter (Oregon)

Interment following funeral service
June 26, 2019

Rest Lawn Cemetery
Off of Valley View Drive
John Day, OR 97845

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