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Ruby S. Butler

Ruby S. Butler, age 99, of Carrollton passed away July 29, 2011, at her home.

Born Dec. 12, 1911, she was a daughter of Milton E. and Georgiana (Summer) Smeltz.  She was raised at the Smeltz homestead in Union Township.

Following graduation from Carrollton High School in 1929, she received a teaching certificate from Kent State in 1930, and taught at two one-room schools, Toot, Union Twp. 1930-32 and Big Six, East Twp., 1933-36. 

After buying a Christmas tree at Butler Store from Joe H. Butler, she was courted by Joe and they married Sept. 12, 1936.  Both were lifelong residents of Carrollton.  They started their married life in an apartment above Butler Store, which was then located in the McCook House.  In 1941, they moved to the home on Second St., N.E., where they resided for the rest of their lives. 

After Joe's death, July 29, 1960, Ruby returned to full-time teaching in 1961, and taught various grade school levels at Kilgore and Carrollton schools.  She taught remedial reading at Harlem Springs, Mechanicstown and Carrollton.  She is fondly remembered by her former students who often visited her at her home.

She enjoyed traveling, visiting at least 47 states and six provinces of Canada and clerked at Butler's Store during the busy seasons.  Throughout her life, she was active in many groups.  She was a member of Washington Hall Grange from 1929 until it disbanded.  After her retirement, she participated in 17 social groups including Blossom's Country Dancers, Carroll Tones, Camera Club, and Carrollton Book Club.

While maintaining a close affinity with Trinity Lutheran Church in which she was raised and married, she later became a member of First Presbyterian Church where she served in many capacities including elder, Sunday school teacher, leader of Bible study, prayer chain, Presbyterian Women and Lunch Bunch.

She is survived by two children, Donald (Beverly) Butler and Carol A. (C. Robert) Wenger; two grandchildren, Christopher (Sherry) Butler and Curtis (Jennifer) Butler; and two great grandchildren, Steven and Harrison.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a sister, Alice F. Smeltz.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug 3 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Carrollton.  Calling hours are Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. in Sweeney-Dodds Funeral Home in Carrollton.  Donations in Ruby's memory may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Carrollton School Alumni Foundation or Bell-Herron Scholarship Foundation.


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