Ruth Jeanne Smith – Class of 1936

Ruth Jeanne Smith passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2008, at the age of 82 at the Woodside Hospice, Clearwater, Florida. She was beloved by her many friends in St. Louis, Mo., and Florida.

Ruth was born in St. Louis, Mo and lived in Tampa Bay for many years. She attended Central Institute for the Deaf (C.I.D.) and graduated high school in St. Louis. She worked as an I.T.U. printer at Tampa Tribune for 33 years before retiring 17 years ago. During this time she also contributed to bettering the quality of life for deaf people by accepting donations of old Western Union telegraph machines and converting them to Teletypewriters for the Deaf (TTY’s), and then giving them to deaf people.  Ruth was one of founders of West Coast Club of the Deaf, Tampa, Florida.  Ruth was one of few Reverse Skills Certificate (RSC) certified interpreters for the Deaf community of Tampa Bay for many years. She was an avid bowler, with a lifetime average of 175. She was a dog lover.  She was a lifelong member of the National Association of the Deaf, as well as the Florida Association of the Deaf.  More recently, she actively participated in the Deaf Seniors Association’s activities.

A few years ago Ruth went on several trips, cruises to South America, and Hawaii with her C.I.D. Alumni friends and a tour to Europe.

She is survived by several nephews and their spouses (from Indiana, Kansas, Michigan and Missouri).

A memorial service in her honor will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at the First Lutheran Church (1644 Nursery Rd Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 462-8000) from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, officiated by Pastor Jerold Munz. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to the Woodside Hospice of Pinellas Park: Woodside Hospice, 6774 102nd Ave, Pinellas Park, FL 33782-2909.