Eagle Funeral Home Obituaries

Ruth FeDora Smithson

August 24, 1929 - April 30, 2017

Ruth FeDora Smithson, 87, of Coldwater, went to be with her lord surrounded by her loving family Sunday, April 30, 2017 at her home in Masonville Place, Coldwater, Michigan. She was born August 24, 1929 to Byron and Minnie (Price) Lyons in Clair County, Michigan.

Ruth loved her family and was loved by everyone who knew her. She was always happiest when surrounded by family and friends, especially her best friend Gladys Myers.

She is survived by brother, Lydell Lyons; sisters, Clara “Dolly” Eicholtz, Yvonne “Bonnie” Haynes and Rosalie “Tootsie” Brown; daughters, Deb Macklin (Skip Swim) of Quincy and Cokie Kurtz of Union City; grandchildren, Amy Macklin, Sheri (Torey) Butters, Billie Jo (Kevin) Allman, Jennifer (Troy) Harris, Jon “Tyler” Wattles and Adam Wattles; seventeen great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Joe Smithson in 1975 and Bill Gersbacher in 1988 and brothers, Elmer “Spike”, Donald, Harry and Fred Lyons.

Honoring Ruth’s wishes, there will be no services.

Arrangements for her body donation to The University of Michigan Medical School are entrusted to the Eagle Funeral Home-George White Chapel in Quincy.



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