Pixley Funeral Home

322 West University Drive, Rochester, MI


Lillian Ruth Smith

November 22, 1927July 10, 2019

Lillian Ruth Smith (Ramsey), age 91, of Rochester Hills, formerly of Pontiac, Waterford, and Peoria, Arizona, passed away Wednesday July 10, 2019.

Lillian was the wife of the late Doyle Smith for 63 years; beloved mother of Sandra Rhames and Gwen Smith; grandmother of Stephanie (Patrick) Siems and Francis Rhames; great-grandmother of Alexsandra Siems, Nicholas Siems, Maxwell Rhames and Claire Rhames; and sister of Helen Dugwyler and Gloria Woods. Lillian was predeceased by her husband Doyle Smith; parents Arthur and Myra Ramsey (Clark); and seven brothers Hershel, Clifford, Thomas, Icel, Cecil, Charles, and David Ramsey.

Lillian was born in Elvins, Missouri on November 22, 1927. She married Doyle Smith in 1945. She and Doyle raised their family in Pontiac, Michigan.

Lillian loved to sing at Calvary Baptist Church in Waterford where she also taught Sunday school for many years. She continued singing as part of a prison and nursing home ministry in Peoria, Arizona where she and Doyle retired to.

Lillian’s family will welcome all to a visitation on Monday July 15th from 10am until the time of funeral service at 11am at Pixley Funeral Home, located at 322 W. University Drive in downtown Rochester, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made in Lillians’s honor to the Angel’s Place, 29299 Franklin Rd, Southfield, Michigan 48034. Envelopes will be available at Pixley Funeral Home.


  • Arthur Ramsey, Father (deceased)
  • Myra Ramsey, Mother (deceased)
  • Doyle Smith, Husband (deceased)
  • Sandra Rhames, Daughter
  • Gwen Smith, Daughter
  • Stephanie (Patrick) Siems, Grandchild
  • Francis Rhames, Grandchild
  • Alexsandra Siems, Great Grandchild
  • Nicholas Siems, Great Grandchild
  • Maxwell Rhames, Great Grandchild
  • Claire Rhames, Great Grandchild
  • Helen Dugwyler, Sister
  • Gloria Woods, Sister
  • Hershel Ramsey, Brother (deceased)
  • Clifford Ramsey, Brother (deceased)
  • Thomas Ramsey, Brother (deceased)
  • Icel Ramsey, Brother (deceased)
  • Cecil Ramsey, Brother (deceased)
  • Charles Ramsey, Brother (deceased)
  • David Ramsey, Brother (deceased)


  • Visitation Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 15, 2019


Lillian Ruth Smith

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Gloria jean Woods

July 14, 2019

I have many many memories, but one of my favorite was
Going with her to the movies every Friday night for
Many many years. We also had dinner together before
We went.