Mary Ruth Schmittou
June 25, 1931 – January 10, 2021
Mary Ruth Schmittou age 89, passed away January 10, 2021 after a long illness. Mrs. Schmittou grew up in rural East Tennessee the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lee Cobble. She had 5 siblings and many nieces and nephews. After graduating High School, she moved to Nashville where she went to business school. While in business school she lived and worked as a nanny to pay her way through school. On April 2, 1955 she married Thomas E. Schmittou. After graduating from business school, Mary Ruth worked for an insurance company. She left the insurance company in 1965 to raise her son, Michael. When Mike turned 16, Mary returned to work as an executive secretary for the state of Tennessee where she stayed until she retired at age 75. Mrs. Schmittou loved her family and in her free time enjoyed walking at Radner Lake with her husband. Mary was an avid sports fan and loved to watch games on TV. The Tennessee Lady Vols basketball and Atlanta Braves baseball were her favorites. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years Thomas E. Schmittou; son Michael (Tina) Schmittou and grandchildren Jacob Thomas Schmittou and Mary Katherine Schmittou. Private services and burial will be held at Heritage Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to St. Jude Children’s research hospital.