Chesterton Tribune

Judy Ruth Smith service Monday

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Dune Acres resident Judy Ruth Smith died suddenly Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 at Porter Hospital in Valparaiso. She was 65.

Born on Oct. 10, 1943 in San Antonio, Texas, she was the daughter of Robert and Evelyn (Alstot) Hawkins. Judy’s father was a major in the Air Force, so she had the opportunity early in life to travel and live in many interesting parts of the country.

She is survived by her husband, George S. Smith Jr., a long-time resident of Dune Acres and a member of St. Ann of the Dunes Catholic Church in Beverly Shores; mother Evelyn Hawkins; dear sister Ronda Hawkins; George’s children Debra Simanski (husband Joseph), George S. Smith III (wife Nanette), Karol Witt, Kathleen Miller (Michael), and Patrick Smith (Sherri); nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Judy was a surgical nurse for many years before retiring. She frequently attended Mass with her husband George and loved living in the dunes. They traveled together for many years and especially loved vacationing in the Caribbean. She was also an avid reader, loved playing cards, and enjoyed music and crossword puzzles. She will be sadly missed by all her loved ones.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7 at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. Second St., Chesterton, with Rev. John Barasinski officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday from noon until the time of service at White-Love Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery. Family and friends may wish to have masses said for Judy at St. Ann of the Dunes Catholic Church in Beverly Shores.


Posted 9/4/2009