Ruth Anne Smith Moore, Class of 1951

Posted Nov 22, 2019

Ruth Anne Smith Moore ’51 died May 4, 2019. Ruth Anne was born November 6, 1929, in Lorain, Ohio, to the late Carl L. Smith ’20 and Kathryn Sando Smith. She married her college sweetheart, the late Paul Moore ’51. Paul and Ruth Anne were pinned at Otterbein University, and as proud Otters, they kept up a life-long friendship with their fraternity brothers and sorority sisters, “The Round Robin.” Ruth Anne was an member of the Epsilon Kappa Tau (Arbutus) sorority at Otterbein where she earned a degree in Elementary Education.

After a short stint as an elementary school teacher, Ruth Anne focused on her family, church, and community. She handed out books to patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan, and later at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. A dedicated lover of the arts, Ruth Anne volunteered at the Booth House at Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. But her favorite community role was her cherished work as a docent at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where she gave tours and led groups of children through the museum.

Ruth Anne is survived by her children, Jeff, Ann, and Amy; four grandchildren, Clinton, Rose, Kailee and Brooke; and siblings Neale ’50, Dick, and Kathy ’69, nieces Jean ’72 and Jan ’75. Ruth Anne was also preceded in death by uncle Lewis Miller class of 1896.