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Ruth Smiley

Ruth Smiley

Thursday, October 29th, 1925 - Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
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Ruth Mae Hyatt Smiley was born October 29, 1925 was born in Japan, North Carolina to Thomas Settles and Clora Mae (Maynor) Hyatt. She went home to be with her Lord Jesus on November 2, 2019 at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital with her loving family at her side. She had just celebrated her 94th birthday.
Ruth was the youngest of ten children, nine siblings; seven boys and two girls and a nephew, who was raised like a brother, by his grandmother when his mother died in childbirth. The family moved several times while Ruth was young, one time to Georgia but mainly staying in Swain County, North Carolina. They were always “back in the hills” making it difficult to get to school because of the long walk. Ruth always said “that she completed eighth grade but probably only went to school a total of three years”. Her mother taught her to read.
The Hyatt and Maynor families were large and Ruth had many cousins with whom she was close all of her life. Although the work of living on a farm was hard there were many good times visiting and getting into mischief with her “besties”.
As a young woman, Ruth accepted Jesus and was baptized in Deep Creek in Bryson City, North Carolina.
On July 4, 1946 she married Jack Dempsey Smiley. Jack was friends with her brothers, so they had known each other for many years. They eloped to Clayton, Georgia and were married there by the Justice of the Peace. To this union were born Truman “Smokey” and Wanda.
Jack was in the service when they married and they moved frequently when he was transferred. When he left the service in 1954, the family moved to the Northwest, living briefly in Bingen, Washington and then in Kinzua, Oregon where he worked in lumber mills. In 1961, the family moved to Odell, Oregon, then back to Kinzua and finally returning to Odell in 1972 where they have lived since. While living in Odell, Ruth worked for Stadleman Fruit Company and Duckwall Fruit Company until her retirement in 2000.
Ruth enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening and music. She loved playing her guitar and singing gospel music.
Ruth is survived by and will be sorely missed by her daughter, Wanda Smiley and her partner, Scott Lindsey and daughter-in-law, Sharon Smiley all of Hood River; three grandsons and their spouses, Eric & Jinx Smiley of Portland, Jason & Kim Smiley of Hood River and Karl & Katie Smiley of Hood River; two granddaughters and their spouses, Elizabeth & Monty Olson of Hood River and Shannon & Aaron Troxel of The Dalles; seventeen (17) great grandchildren, Crystal (& Tom) Chambers, Breanna (& Matt) Totten, Erika Smiley, Cassandra (& Jose Villa) Smiley, Brian Courtney, Brandon Smiley, Kyle Smiley, Sophia Smiley, Billy Broderick Jr., Brody (& Sydney Walls-Werder) Knight, Brea Olson, Brittany (& Jason) Ambers, Ashley Byers, Emily (& Dylan Daniels) Byers, Trinity Troxel, Sadie (& Zack) Henderson, and Corben Olson; eight (8) great-great grandchildren, Karmin Dunbar, Waylon Blouin, Izaiah Ambers, Meora Chambers, Rumi Chambers, Adianna Villa, Bradley Elizabeth Knight and Millie Jean Daniels; many nieces, nephews, other extended family and numerous friends she has collected over the years.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack and son, Smokey. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Hermia Johnson and Nancy Reminnis Watkins; brothers, William Howard Taft Hyatt, Roba Hyatt, Clyde Selmer Hyatt, Verlin Hyatt, Thomas Truman Hyatt and an infant brother; nephew that was like her brother, Joel Johnson and great-great granddaughter, Zuri Chambers.
A Celebration of Ruth’s Life will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 8th, 2019 at Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Interment will follow at Idlewilde Cemetery. A reception will follow the interment at the Odell Baptist Church.
Memorials are encouraged to be made in memory of Ruth to; The Odell Baptist Church, P.O.BOX 167, Odell, Oregon 97044.
The family greatly appreciates the tender care of Dr. Pennington and Dr. Buser and the compassionate care of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and Hood River Care Center.
Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 7th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Thursday, November 7th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Anderson's Tribute Center
    Address
    1401 Belmont Ave.
    HOOD RIVER, OR
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  • Service

    Friday, November 8th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, November 8th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Anderson's Tribute Center
    Address
    1401 Belmont Ave.
    HOOD RIVER, OR
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Idlewilde Cemetery
    Address
    980 Tucker Rd.
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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