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Ruth Smith

Female 1919 - 1997  (77 years)

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  • Name Ruth Smith 
    Born 24 Nov 1919  Lima OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 7 Jun 1997  Harrisonburg VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 77 years 

      Daily Press
      June 10, 1997


      HARRISONBURG ? Ruth S. Kraus, 77, of 1210 Harmony Drive, died Saturday, June 7, 1997, at her home in the afternoon.

      She was born Nov. 24, 1919, in Lima, Ohio, and was the daughter of the late Perry and Susanna Brenneman Smith. She was baptized at the age of 11 in the Salem Mennonite Congregation and remained an active member of the Mennonite Church. She studied Bible and music at Goshen College. She married Norman Kraus on May 16, 1945.

      A wife and mother, she worked as an office manager and bookkeeper at the Burkholder Dairy in Newport News, as a bookkeeper at the Durham, N.C., Public Health Department and as a secretary in the registrar?s office at Goshen College.

      She was an active member of her church congregation teaching Sunday school and summer Bible school. She was active in the WMSC by helping with the local migrant program and teaching nutrition courses to women in a poverty-stricken area in the city of Goshen. She also served with the Oaklawn Psychiatric Center Women?s Auxiliary and the Assembly Mennonite Congregation, of which she was cofounder and charter member. She, along with her husband, made a number of teaching and pastoral missions abroad. She and Norman served with MBM for seven years in Japan; she was the treasurer of the mission from 1982 to 1987.

      She moved to Harrisonburg in 1988 after her retirement and was an active member of the Park View Mennonite Church and helped with various local volunteer work.

      She is survived by her husband, Norman Kraus of Harrisonburg; five children, Yvonne Forman of Hasting on Hudson, N.Y., Jo Anne Okamoto of Yonkers, N.Y., John Kraus of Greensboro, N.C., Bonnie Connelly of Sparta, N.J., and Robert Kraus of Chapel Hill, N.C.; one sister, who is the last of five siblings, Clara Dangler of Continental, Ohio; and eight grandchildren.

      Mrs. Kraus will be cremated at the Kyger & Trobaugh Funeral Home Crematory in Harrisonburg. Interment will be private.
    Person ID I124  Flack Genealogy
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2019 

    Father Perry Smith,   b. 3 Mar 1884,   d. 1962, Elida OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Susanna Brenneman Smith,   b. 2 Oct 1883,   d. 1962, Elida OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 1905 
    Family ID F102  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family C. Norman Kraus,   b. 20 Feb 1924, Denbigh VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 2018, Harrisonbury VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 1945 
     1. Yvonne Kraus
     2. JoAnne Kraus
     3. John Norman Kraus
     4. Bonnie Kraus
     5. Robert E. Kraus
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F59  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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