Ruth Lee Smith of Newburgh passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Elant Nursing Home in Beacon. She was 90. Ruth was born on February 19, 1926 to Elizabeth Ketcham Brown and Leo Brown of Brooklyn, New York.
She was pre-deceased by her husband, Daryl Smith, her mother, Elizabeth and her step-father, Tage Johnson.
Ruth is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas D. and Sue Smith of Newburgh, NY, step grandchildren, brother and sister-in-law, Robert Tage and Patricia C. Johnson of Washingtonville NY; her nieces and grandnieces and grandnephews: Bud, Beth, Gordon, Stephanie, Ben, Meg, Kyra and Robert.
Ruth was happiest when she helped feed seniors through her 25 years of work at Meals on Wheels. She was committed to her community as an election polling official and Chairwomen of the City of Newburgh's Zoning Board of Appeals for over 20 years. She was a Cub Scout leader for her son, Doug's den. She had a zest for life which included much travel and a passion for food.
Visitation for family and friends will take place Monday, October 24th from 10 a.m. to Noon at White & Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Rd., (Route 32) Newburgh. Funeral service will follow visitation at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers that family requests that donations be made to Meals on Wheels of Greater Newburgh, PO Box 2615, Newburgh 12550.