Ruth Smith, formerly of Niles

Published 9:42 am Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dec. 5, 1935 — Jan. 20, 2016

Ruth E. “Tootie” (Bright) Myers-Smith, 80, of South Bend, formerly of Niles, passed away on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at the home of her daughter, following an illness.

She was born on Dec. 5, 1935 in Niles to the late Donald and Jesse (Lintz) Bright.

Ruth Smith

Ruth Smith

On July 17, 1959 Ruth married Clarence Myers at a ceremony in Buchanan.

A homemaker most of her life, Tootie’s greatest passion was her family, especially her grandchildren. She also loved her extended family at BINGO.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clarence, three children; Connie Baxter, John “Red” McIntire and Timothy Eugene Myers, two brothers, Kenneth Bright and Porky McIntire, a sister, Donna Mae Clements and a great grandson, Jeremy “Peanut” McIntire.

She is survived by three sons; Larry Shreve of Berrien Springs, Robert Myers of North Liberty, Indiana, Timothy W. Myers of South Bend, two daughters; Evelyn Yahne of South Bend and Deloris (Jim) Pettie of Gallatin, Tennessee, 22 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren, as well as three brothers; her twin brother Donald Bright of Niles, Mike McIntire of Niles and Kenny McIntire of Mishawaka and a sister, Kathy McIntire of Arkansas.

A committal service will be on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at the Mission Hills Memorial Committal Chapel at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Memorial Epworth Center-Geropsych Unit, 420 Niles Ave., South Bend, Indiana 46617.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, Niles.