2010-12-30 / Obituaries

Ruth Walton Smith

Ruth left us to be with her Lord on Dec. 18. She was born on Aug. 29, 1924, in Evanston, WY to Ezra and Alzina Price, the youngest of six children.

She graduated from Evanston High School in 1942 and married Claude Walton on Sept. 23, 1943, living in Salt Lake City, Utah and Burbank before moving to Mariposa in

moving to Mariposa in 1960. Ruth worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Dr. Norman Nichols, Dr. Arthur Dahlem and the Mariposa Welfare Department

After Claude’s death in 1980, she immersed herself in her work and her family. She was a longtime member and past president of the Mariposa Soroptimist Club, active in the John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation and a past president of the Mariposa County High School PTA.

In 1992 she met, fell in love with and married Clifford “Smitty” Smith. She and Smitty travelled extensively to Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Canada, and cruised through the Panama Canal. One of their favorite places was Branson, MO.

They continued to live in Mariposa until moving to the Masonic Home in Union City in 2006. She is survived by her husband, Clifford “Smitty” Smith; her son, James Walton, his wife Heather, granddaughter, Marcelle Beasley, her husband Matt and great granddaughters, Payton and Sloane Beasley, grandson Ryan Walton, his wife Alisha and great-grandson Donavan Walton; her son, Dana Walton and his wife Debbie, granddaughter Tara Kornaros and her husband Steven and great granddaughters, Mila and Aria Kornaros, and her granddaughter Kelsey Walton. She is also survived by a sister, Rita Parley, as well as Smitty’s family, stepson Clifford James (Jim) Smith, grandson Clifford Jeffrey (Jeff) Smith, great grandson, Clifford Brian Smith and great grandaughter Allison Smith, granddaughter Karla Montgomery and her husband Jason, great-grandson Kaleb Montgomery and great-grandaughter Kenna Montgomery, grandson Steven Smith and his wife Jill and great-grandson Owen Smith, daughter Barbara (Smith) Gann Shouten, grandson Kyle Gann and his wife Stacy.

A memorial service will be held at the Mariposa Masonic Hall on Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. Gifts in lieu of flowers in her memory may be made to the Mariposa Soroptimist Scholarship Fund, the J.C. Fremont Hospital Foundation or the donor’s favorite charity.

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She surely was a great lady.

She surely was a great lady. She was far more than a loyall employee. She was a good friend. We had many good times together and a lot of laughs, some of which we had the privilege of reminiscing over in her last days. Our sympathy to the entire family and we look forward to seeing her again one day at Jesus' feet.

What a wonderful lady she

What a wonderful lady she was. My condolences to the Walton and Smith families.

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