Ruth M. McBride

September 15, 1923October 29, 2018

Ruth was born Sept 15, 1923 in Valley Ford, WA to Leon Roe and Georgia K. Smelser. Ruth attended schools in the Yakima Valley. She married Daniel Eddy McBride on November 12, 1941. They and their 4 children moved to Bremerton in 1950 where they enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends. She and Dan Sr. also enjoyed playing Santa and Mrs. Claus at Festival of Trees for 12 years and helped raise money for Harrison Hospital Foundation and numerous charities in Kitsap County.

Ruth is survived by her twin sons, Dennis (Jill) and Daniel (Barbara) McBride, 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren, a sister Dorothy (Curtis) Andrews and 2 brothers, Joseph Smelser of Calif and Herbert Smelser of Missouri and several nieces and nephews.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Daniel Eddy McBride, daughters Fay (James) Guthridge and Lois (Alan) Caudill, parents, Leon & Georgia Smelser, sisters Helen Sipe and Juanita Lyons ,3 brothers Jack, Wayne and Walter Smelser.

The family would like to thank the staff of Stafford Healthcare at Belmont for the wonderful care they gave Ruth the last year and a half of her life.

Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Woodlawn Funeral Home, Bremerton, WA. At her request there will be no service.

In lieu of flowers she has requested that donations be made to Harrison Memorial Hospital Foundation Bremerton Wa.

My life has been full, I savored much Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch. Perhaps my time seemed all to brief, Don’t lengthen it with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me God wanted me now, He set me free.


Ruth M. McBride

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Cheryl Morris

November 4, 2018

I will always have fond memories of Mrs. Clause and Santa, two of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. Prayers to Dan and Dennis, I miss seeing you and think of you often. We’ve had some fun times when I was still working, take care and maybe I’ll see you again sometime.