Gilliland Howe Funeral Home

110 East North Street, Greensburg, IN


Ruthann Smith

June 5, 1952March 9, 2020
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Ruthann Smith, 67 of Greensburg passed away on March 9, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Ruthann was at MD Anderson in Houston for cancer treatment by her wonderful team of doctors. She was born on June 5, 1952 in Franklin, Indiana, the daughter of Charles Oran and Wilma Louise (Mitchell) Ray. Ruthann was a 1970 graduate of Indian Creek High School, a 1974 graduate of Purdue University, and a 1978 graduate of IUPUI. She taught English at Lebanon, Greenwood, South Decatur and Greensburg Junior High. She inspired and touched many young lives. On June 26, 1982 she married the love of her life, Daryl Smith and together they had three sons- Brad, Grant and Stew. She battled cancer for 7 years with true grace and grit. When she was diagnosed, it was a dream of hers to live long enough to become a Grandma. Ruthann was able to witness the birth of her two grandchildren- Charlotte Elizabeth and Connor Bradford Smith. Her children and grandchildren brightened all of her remaining days. Ruthann was a member of United Methodist Church of Greensburg, the PEO Sisterhood, cancer support groups and Chi Omega sorority. Ruthann’s love for the Lord was obvious to anyone who knew her. She praised and gave glory to God all through her battle. Ruthann reassured us that physical healing was not the only victory that could come from this fight. The Lord’s promise to her was more than physical - it was eternal life in heaven. Ruthann loved gospel music, especially the Gaither Vocal Band. We are grateful she is no longer suffering, but her beautiful soul will be greatly missed.

Survivors include: Husband, Gilman Daryl Smith; Sons, Peter Bradford (Katie Himes) Smith, Charles Grant (Becca Favors) Smith, and Michael Stewart (Liza Willis) Smith; Grandchildren, Charlotte and Connor Smith; Brothers, Thomas (Susie) Ray and Mark (Margie) Ray; Nieces, Emily (Brent) Ericson, Amy (Reginald) Smith. Nephew, Jeff Kean; Great nieces, Abby Walters and Adrienne Smith; Great nephew; Jordan Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents and Sister, Mary Ellen (Donald) Moody.

After much deliberation, the family has made the difficult decision to postpone services because of the current health climate. There will be no calling at this time, instead a celebration of life will be held at a later date, to be determined. At this time the family will pay their final respects in private. We invite you to sign the virtual register book and leave a condolence at www.gilliland-howe.com. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Greensburg United Methodist Church. Burial will be at a later date at a private family service at South Park Cemetery.


  • Charles Oran Ray, Father (deceased)
  • Wilma Louise (Mitchell) Ray, Mother (deceased)
  • G. Daryl Smith, Husband
  • Peter Bradford (Katie Himes) Smith, Son
  • Charles Grant (Becca Favors) Smith, Son
  • Michael Stewart (Liza Willis) Smith, Son
  • Charlotte Elizabeth Smith, Granddaughter
  • Connor Bradford Smith, Grandson
  • Thomas (Susie) Ray, Brother
  • Mark (Margie) Ray, Brother
  • Mary Ellen Moody, Sister (deceased)
  • Donald Moody, Brother-in-law
  • Emily (Brent) Ericson, Niece
  • Amy (Reginald) Smith, Niece
  • Jeff Kean, Nephew
  • Abby Walters, Great Niece
  • Adrienne Smith, Great Niece
  • Jordan Smith, Great Nephew

  • Greensburg United Methodist Church


  • Services have been changed to a private funeral service Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Passed Away Monday, March 9, 2020


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Chris Harpring and Family

March 24, 2020

Daryl and family,

We are so sorry for your loss. You have been a good friend for many years. You are all in our prayers.

Marcie, Chris, Rebecca and family

Ashley Stier

March 19, 2020

Smith Family-
Your wife/mom/grandma has the kindest soul possible. When I was a student at GJHS, I always felt her good vibes when entering her classroom. My favorite memory of her as my teacher, was when she read my essay about what I would do if I won the lottery to the whole class. She had everyone guess the author. The entire class guessed correctly, and she gushed about how well our class knew each other. As my cheerleading coach, I remember her watching us all fuss over having the slickest, tightest, ponytails possible. She would say “I don’t know why you girls do that, I think ponytails look beautiful with the little frizzy fringes.” I spent time with her as an adult at the my mom’s scrapbook store. When I got married she made me feel extra special by throwing me a Bridal Brunch for my bridal party at her home. I don’t think I ever thanked her enough for her thoughtfulness.
Condolences to All-
Ashley Stier
P.S. I hope I did not make too many grammar errors.

Kelly Hipskind

March 19, 2020

Smith Family,

We are all deeply sorry for your loss. When I heard from a friend, my heart literally dropped.

To share a quick moment I have never told anyone until today - Your mother pulled me aside many years ago (many years after high school), and wanted to compliment me on something she witnessed, regarding a person in need that I befriended. I had no idea folks noticed, especially not your mother. She went on and on about how proud she was of me. Honestly, it caught me a little off guard, in a very positive way. Right then and there I saw your wife/mother’s heart on full display. Her openness and passion was felt. Not to mention, the door she opened many nights after basketball games to enjoy your friendship and swapping stories with others in your beautiful home! Those were some incredible, formative years and special memories I will cherish forever.

Please know we all fully appreciate the difficult time you are going through, and thankfully, we are confident and know she is in a better place.

I hope and pray you all feel the spirit and are receiving lots of grace during the next chapter in your lives.

Praying for each of you during this very difficult time. Your wife/mother was a good person!

With Love - Kelly & All of The Hipskinds (and extended family)

Linda Horner

March 19, 2020

Our sympathy, Joe and Linda Horner

Eric Weaver

March 18, 2020

Tom, Mark and all family members, I am so sorry for your loss. Ruthann was a great person and an absolutely awesome schoolmate at Indian Creek. We had a lot of fun during those years.
Just know that she is in a better place.

Our Prayers are with you,
Eric and Jane Weaver

Beverly Stiers

March 16, 2020

Daryl and family,

I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Ruthann. She was a beautiful person inside and out,. I got to know her well when I was Clerk of the Court and she helped with the election process as well as Daryl. I will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers. May she Rest In Peace.

Budd and June Ryle

March 16, 2020

Our heartfelt sympathy Darryl and family at this very difficult time. RuthAnn was such an extraordinary lady, beautiful inside and out. She will be greatly missed. A beautiful Angel gone home way too soon. She is walking the streets of gold. May our Almighty God wrap his loving arms around all of you. Love, hugs and prayers. 💝

George Lanning

March 16, 2020

So very sorry to hear of your loss. Our families have been close over many years and it's always hard to hear such sad news.
Condolences from Debby and I.

George Lanning

Brian/Jane Spencer

March 16, 2020

Ruth Ann and Daryl both are great folks, Ruthann will be sadly missed but will never be forgotten!
Jane especially has fond memories as she baby sat for her children who by the way have become great in their own right! Goodbye Ruthann. RIP

Deb Cruser

March 15, 2020

Oh my heart! It aches for you, Daryl, Brad, Grant, and Stew! Ruthann absolutely brought joy to all with whom she interacted and her loving heart and behaviors were a model and inspiration to us all. I can hear and see clearly her laugh and twinkly eyes..... may your memories of her love for you give you comfort!