Ruth Smith

Ruth H Smith

1918 - 2022

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SMITH - Ruth Hanna
September 28, 1918 - June 19, 2022,
age 103. Beloved wife of the late Bernard
H. Smith, M.D. (1917-1985); daughter
of the late James S. Hanna (1884-
1984) and the late Ruby E. Hanna (née
Hollenbeck) (1885-1938); and sister
of the late Barbara Hanna Van Baalen
(1919-2009). Born in Grand Rapids,
Michigan, during the 1918 influenza
pandemic, Ruth was educated at the
University of Michigan, Grand Rapids,
and Simmons College, Boston, where
she achieved her Bachelor of Science
degree in 1940. She served with the
American Red Cross in Liverpool and
London, England, and in Paris, France,
during and immediately after the
Second World War. She lived in Boston
in late 1940s and 1950s, working in
insurance and hospital administration.
In 1958, Ruth was recruited by the chief
operating officer of Meyer Memorial
Hospital (now Erie County Medical
Center) in Buffalo to become the
Chief Librarian of its Medical Records
Department, a role she filled for 21
years. Shortly after her arrival in Buffalo,
she met Dr. Smith, who was chief of
neurology at ECMC until his retirement
in 1979. They married in 1959, and
together they traveled the world during
their 25-year marriage. Ruth was an
avid reader, art and opera aficionado,
and dog lover. She resided for more
than 60 years on High Park Boulevard
in Eggertsville, where she loved to
walk and drive her ‘92 Mercedes coupe
until age 100. She will be missed by
countless friends and relatives. No
prior visitation. Private Funeral Services
will be held at the convenience of the
family. Arrangements by LOMBARDO
FUNERAL HOME.