Billie Ruth (Smith) Edmonds passed away on September 7, 2008 at Bettendorf Health Care Center, Bettendorf, Iowa, after a brief illness at the age of 91.
Ruth was born in Diaz, Arkansas, on October 21, 1916, the daughter of Samuel and Ellen (Hall) Smith.
She graduated from high school in Carl Junction, Missouri. She worked for many years at the U.S. Post Office and Jayhawk Chemical Plant during World War II.
Ruth was united in marriage to Howard L. Edmonds of Galena, Kansas, on June 14, 1941. Howard spent his life as a career army officer and embassy attache taking Ruth and himself to many foreign countries and U.S. locations. They both retired from the Army Material Command in Washington, D.C.
Ruth loved traveling and living all over the world and meeting people of all cultures. She enjoyed entertaining, playing bridge, reading and gardening. She was “Grandma Ruth” to many people and was always there for all her neighbors and friends when there was a need.
She was a 55-year member of the Eastern Star and belonged to P.E.O. Chapters ES in Emporia, Kansas, and FJ in Davenport, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, in 1995; two brothers, Manley and Manford Smith; and her sister, Ethel Smith Grow.
Ruth is survived by her daughter, Mary Katherine Moore and husband Dan of Davenport, Iowa; a granddaughter, Maggie Moore of Kansas City, Missouri; and a grandson, Scott Moore, currently serving in the Peace Corps in The Republic of Armenia.
Graveside services were at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 10, 2008, at Ozark Cemetery near Houston, Missouri, with Bro. David Purichia officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.