Age 90, died on May 11, 2017 in Custer, MI. Ruth was born in Phenix City, AL on February 11, 1927. Daughter of John and Estelle Putnam Woodall, she met and married the love of her life, Fredrick H. Smith, on June 10, 1941. They were married for 62 years. She later married Bob Petterson. Preceding her in death were her first husband, Fredrick H. Smith, sons, Willard and Fredrick Jr.; her brothers, John, Richard, Neal Woodall; sisters-in-law, Nova and Louise Woodall. Surviving are her daughters, Betty Joy Westerhouse and Cathy Kovaes; daughter-in-law, Janice Smith; and sister, Betty Lue Burton; sister-in-law, Evelynn Arrans; brother-in-law, Daune Smith; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. The VFW Auxiliary 6252 Comstock was a great part of her life. She held many offices including the office of Department President 1980-81. Memorial service will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:30 AM. Auxiliary 6252 Comstock will provide a luncheon at the Comstock Post 6252.