Ruth E. Smith

DWIGHT – Ruth E. Smith, 85, of Dwight passed away on her birthday at 12:00 a.m., Friday, July 13, 2018 at Heritage Health in Dwight.
Ruth was born July 13, 1933 in Kewanee, a daughter of Howard and Mildred Hulstrom Cox. She married Roy Lee Smith in July of 1954. He passed away May 2, 2018.
Surviving are daughters: Linda (Valentino) Bravo of Chester; Sharon (Franklin) Smith of Dwight; Melanie (Gary) Bacino of Rockford; Laurie (Barry) Wilken of Tucson, Arizona; and Lisa (Tom) Fitzsimmons of Dixon; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Jerris (Mary Kay) Cox of Terreverde, Florida; and a sister, Sandy Ready of Dixon.
Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Tommy (Sharon) Koger of Seneca; a sister-in-law, Geraldine Knack of Minonk; numerous nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Stormy.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Cox; brothers-in-law, Jim Ready, Jean Smith; sisters-in-law, Verna Sexton and Mary Womack; a granddaughter, Brittany Wilken; and two children, John and Lynn Smith.
She was born and raised in Kewanee and attended area schools. She enjoyed collecting cookbooks.
Ruth was a loving mother, grandmother, and will always be remembered for her work ethic and her storytelling ability. She will be greatly missed.
A graveside service was held at 1 p.m., Monday, July 23, at Daysville Cemetery in Oregon, Illinois.
Memorial contributions in Ruth’s name may be made to the family.
Hager Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements and this obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family at