Ruth Ballantyne Smith, age 102, died Friday, October 13, 2006 at the Forest at Duke Retirement Community in Durham. She was born in Waterville, KS to the late Ira Wilbur Hubbard and Lillie Hamilton Hubbard and was the second of two children.
She devoted her professional life to teaching having received her B.S. degree from Kansas State University in 1928, and an M.A. degree from the University of Iowa in 1961. Her teaching career began in a one room school shortly after her graduation from high school and continued as an Elementary & Special Education teacher in the Iowa City school system until her retirement in 1971. She was a charter member of the Iowa City Reading Association and served as a delegate to the World Congress on Reading in Paris in 1966 and Copenhagen in 1968.
While residing in Iowa City, Mrs. Smith was active in the United Methodist Church, the University Club, the American Association of University Women, Delta Zeta, Eastern Star, and the Iowa State Education Association, in which she was a life member. She was a member of the DAR-Peace Pipe Charter.
In 1928, she married Robert Law Ballantyne of Harrington, KS. He preceded her in death in 1966 at the age of 56. In July of 1970 she married Ray V. Smith and they spent their retirement years in Denver, CO and Durham, NC. Dr. Smith died in 1994 just prior to his 103rd birthday.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her son, Robert Hubbard Ballantyne of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren; Shelli Wilson and husband, William, of Hartsville, SC; Kerri Bridges and husband, Todd, of Raleigh, NC; Robbi Ott and husband, Michael, of Charlotte, NC; and Brian Ballantyne of Cary, NC; and six great-grandchildren; Emily & Meg Wilson, Cameron & Claire Bridges, and Madison & Haelli Ott.
Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Monday, October 16, at Riverside Cemetery in Waterville, KS. Friends may visit with the family before the service from 12:00-1:30 PM Monday at Terry Chapel and Funeral Homes.
A memorial service will be held at the Forest at Duke on Saturday, October 28 at
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: World Education, 44 Farnsworth St., Boston, MA 02210 http:/www.worded.org or Duke Homecare & Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704. Condolences may be sent to the family at 3513 Timberwood Court, Raleigh, NC 27606.
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Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham, NC and Terry Chapel & Funeral Homes in Waterville, KS are assisting the Smith family.