Ruth Runnels Smith, 92, of Orange, passed away Friday, January 8, in Silsbee. Services were Sunday, Jan. 10, at Dorman Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Bonner officiating. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery.
Ruth was born in Lufkin, April 25, 1923 to the late Azmon Runnels and Mamie Stanley Runnels. She had been a long time resident of Orange. She was a member of the Eastern Star, VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary. She worked as a butcher for Peveto’s Packing in the McLewis Community. She enjoyed fishing, crafting, woodworking and spending time with her family. She was a loving mother and grandmother that was dearly loved and will be missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband George Woodrow Burch, Sr.; three brothers, Ira Runnels, AZ Runnels and Ernest Runnels and one sister, Bernice Runnels.
She is survived by her three sons, George “Bo” W. Burch, Jr. of Vinton, Boyd Azmon Burch and his wife Lois Elaine of West Orange and Roger Dale Burch and his wife Deborah of Onalaska; three daughters; Barbara “Bobbie” Mahaffey and her husband Nicky of Dry Creek, Clara Ruth Clark of Saginaw and Linda Thompson and her husband Kenneth of Orange; sister Louise Lensing of Hemphill, as well as 16 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.