Ruth Smythe

  • Born: July 10, 1936
  • Died: October 28, 2019
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

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4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ruth Smythe, 83, died October 28, 2019 at The Bridges of Ankeny. Ruth was born July 10, 1936 in Marietta, Ohio to John and Flossie Schweikert. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Ankeny Christian Church (2506 SW 3rd St Pl. Ankeny) with family present. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. also at the church. Burial will follow in Ankeny Memorial Gardens.

As a young girl, Ruth enjoyed Girl Scouts and 4-H Club work. She played in the Frankfort High School band and orchestra and sang in the Frankfort High School chorus and in the Frankfort Presbyterian Church choir. She graduated from Frankfort (OH) High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education Degree from Ohio University in Athens. She enjoyed her family. She was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church and was a member of Ankeny Presbyterian Church for many years. She enjoyed singing in the choir (approximately 65 years) in every church where she became a member. She most recently attended Ankeny Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

On September 14, 1958 she married Burdette W. Smythe at the First Methodist Church in Athens, Ohio. Together they raised four sons and lived in four different states.

She was a Cub Scout den mother for many years in both Mississippi and Iowa. Ruth was a home economics teacher for several years, and a seamstress since the age of ten. For many years, she was the information person at the Polk County Office building and, more recently, the secretary for Polk County Weatherization. She was also a polling official for the Polk County Board of Elections. Ruth loved her family and cherished the times when they could all get together. She enjoyed her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, crossword puzzles, reading, computers, jigsaw puzzles, TV, sewing, and games with her family. She was also excited about becoming a great-grandmother three times.

Her parents, John and Flossie (Taylor) Schweikert of Frankfort, OH, her husband, Burdette, and two grandchildren, Zachary and Jordan Smythe of Ankeny, IA, preceded Ruth in death. She is survived by four sons, Scott (Cathleen) of Wellington, FL; Brian (Kathy) of Nashville, TN; Stephen (Melissa), and Matthew (Christa) of Ankeny, IA; nine grandchildren, Rebecca (Joseph) Phillips of Hanoi, Vietnam; Taylor Smythe of West Palm Beach, FL; Annie Smythe of Wellington, FL; Britta and (Pablo) Martinez De La Flor, of Tampa, FL; Marine Lance Corporal Spencer Smythe of Iowa City, IA, Faith Smythe of Des Moines, IA; Joshua, Lucas, and Madison Smythe of Ankeny, IA; three great-grandchildren, Scott Phillips; and Emyr and Ellie Martinez; and a sister, Janet Miller, of Gahanna, OH.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Always loved seeing you Ruth. You were always so kind to me, and my father Ed Wheeler and his father Edward Wheeler

Posted by Edward Wheeler - Newton, IA - Family   November 29, 2019

My sister has always been there for me. I've never known a time that she wasn't here. After she moved away we only got to see each other every year or so; but despite that we became friends. Texting, email and face time became our line of communication.

As our grownup relationship grew we talked about many important things; especially accepting Jesus Christ as our savior. Scripture is very clear that we remain conscious after we die and our body sleeps until Christ returns.

When I learned about her serious condition, I came as soon as I could and I thank God for all the earthly moments that He gave us together. One of the first things she said to me when I arrived was that she was having a hard time dealing with her mortality and that she didn't know what it would be like. I told her that none of us really know what it will actually be like, but I believed that it would be like a newborn being delivered into a new heavenly life. I truly believe that she is consciously right now in heaven looking down on all of us celebrating her earthly life. Love to my sweet sister.

Posted by Janet Miller - GAHANNA, OH - Sister   November 27, 2019

Guess I've known Ruth since we were 6 years old. From 1st grade through 12th. Lots of fun times in the band! I know you'll be missed by all that knew you. Farwell, old friend.dW

Posted by Dave Embree - Navarre, OH - Friend   October 31, 2019

I have so many wonderful memories growing up of my Aunt Ruth, Uncle Burdette, and cousins. When we were all together as a family, whether, in Ohio or Iowa, our time together was large and loud. I fondly remember the Thanksgiving meals at our grandparent's house in Frankfort, Ohio where all of us were sitting around the table and there were not enough chairs to go around but love and joy were abundant. Playing in the playhouse at my grandparent's house for hours on end was another fun pastime as a child. One thing I will never forget about is Aunt Ruth's high-pitched voice calling Misty WooWoo at our house in Ohio. We all laughed so hard and joked about it for days and years to come. I love all of you and wish I could be there at this time. Aunt Ruth, I love you and my comfort is in knowing that you are with our Savior.

Your loving niece,

Posted by Melissa Woodruff - Blacklick, OH - Family   October 30, 2019

i'm so sorry to learn of ruth's passing. she was my secretary when i ran the weatherization program at polk county. she was a great worker and fine lady. she surely will be missed. my thoughts and prayers are with the family and closest of friends.


john s. chambers

Posted by john chambers - des moines, IA - Coworker   October 30, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with Ruth while at Polk County. Such a fine lady, she was. Offering prayers of sympathy and comfort to all of you.

Posted by Peg Hoemann Fauser - Ankeny, IA - Coworker   October 30, 2019

Janet and other family members, I am so sorry for your loss. Ruth kept in touch with me regularly with Facebook messages. We live next-door to her and roll Frankfort area for many many years. She was a kind gentle lady and I know You will miss her greatly. I am so sorry for your loss Janet. Sending love and prayers, Joye Gadker Ledford Scheffler. ❤

Posted by Joye Scheffler - Richmond, VA - Friend   October 30, 2019

So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jene and Alan Lamb - Des Moines, IA - Family Friend   October 29, 2019

Prayers for the Smythe family. Ruth was a great lady, a great friend and fellow musician. She was always so positive and helpful in any situation. The Glory if God shone through her life and her faith.

Posted by Steve Carstenson - Ankeny, IA - Friend   October 29, 2019