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Ruth Carol Tharin Smith
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Birth: Dec. 24, 1912
Florence County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 8, 2009
Mount Pleasant
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA

Ruth Carol Smith passed peacefully into the light of her Lord and Savior and of all of her eight siblings, her mother Julia May Venning Tharin and father Francis Marion Tharin, in the early hours of Sunday, March 8.

Born in Florence on Christmas Eve 1912, she lived almost a century and exulted in every moment and activity with an astonishing vitality and interest.

Following her high-schooling she moved to Charleston with her family and was adamantly proud, she said, of being a native Charlestonian whose forbears were involved in the Revolutionary War. In her younger years she was a model and salesperson at Kerrison's Department Store and she married on June 11, 1938.

For forty years she lived on Colonial Street and the last eight years at the Ashley House, moving shortly prior to her death to the Franke Home which she came to love. It was under their excellent care that she slipped peacefully away due to kidney failure.

Ruth was a civic and cultural leader all her life, a passionate community advocate involved in every major election city, state, and federal. In earlier years she was on the board of directors of the Florence Crittenton Home. She was the curator of the Charleston City Hall art gallery during the mayoral terms of both Mr. Morrison and Mr. Gaillard, with her almost legendary memory of historical events and genealogies, and was also a tour guide of the historical homes which abound in "the Holy City."

She belonged to the Charleston Garden Club, The Daughters of the American Revolution - first in the Fort Sumter Chapter and later in the Rebecca Motte Chapter - serving as secretary and as treasurer. An active Exchangite with her husband, she attended many conventions. She was also a Shriner's Lady.

Following her husband's passing in 1991 she traveled extensively, notably with her grandson David on a cruise to eastern European countries and to Ireland with her daughter in 2004. She relished Spoleto festivals, symphony concerts and ballet, Dock Street Theater productions, and reveled in her bridge clubs all her life.

Ruth has been a lifetime member of Bethel Methodist Church and a very active member of several of their circles. Her allegiance never wavered. She was also a member of the French Huguenot Society and a past member of the Poetry Society. Magnolia Cemetery is used to her presence bearing lilies and poinsettias.

She leaves behind many friends and family members, many nieces and nephews, their children and their children's children who will sorely miss her abundance of character, exuberance, and gaiety.

Ruth was the widow of Wilson Harvey Smith, Sr. and was also preceded in death by her beloved son Wilson Harvey Smith, Jr. in 1973. She is survived by a son James Shand Smith of North Charleston and a daughter Ruth Carol "DeeDee" Tharin Smith and husband John Robert Williamson of Rowlett, TX; and by her daughter-in-law Le Shia Huong Smith of Huntington Beach, CA and her and Harvey Jr.'s daughter Lyn Tharin Smith of Seattle, WA. In addition to her granddaughter Lyn, she has three grandsons: Robert Stewart Williamson, wife Dawn, of Florence; his sons Kyle Alexander Williamson and Connor Jourdan Williamson, two step-grands Robbie and Amber Kirven; Paul Andrew Williamson, wife Lessley, their children Emily Hart Williamson and Paul Andrew Williamson, Jr.; David Bruce Williamson, wife Larissa of Frisco, TX, their infant daughter Anna Grace Williamson having departed this life already there in Heaven.

Ruth lived and loved life to its absolute fullest. She grew tired, she said, and now she has Paradise. 
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  Wilson Harvey Smith (1909 - 1991)*
  Wilson Harvey Smith (1941 - 1973)*
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Magnolia Cemetery
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA
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Record added: Mar 11, 2009
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