Ruth Louise Smith was born on September 22, 1927 to Grace and Raymond (Roy) Smith in Montebello, CA, the second of four daughters.
Ruth and her sisters grew up in Baldwin Park, CA and graduated from Covina High School.
Ruth worked for Trailmobile in Los Angeles as their bookkeeper until she and Isaac William Fortner (Ike) married in 1956.
They settled in Buena Park, CA and then moved to Chattaroy, WA in 1966.
Living in rural Spokane County provided them abundant examples to teach life lessons to their children and grandchildren.
With them, she was involved in PTA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and 4H.
After her children were grown, she returned to work as a bookkeeper for several local companies, then retiring to enjoy their park-like home and property.
She especially loved and perfected cooking, sewing, gardening, and household financing.
She loved entertaining and visiting family and friends that enriched her life.
Ruth was preceded in death by her sisters, Elizabeth Maryanne Fortner and Freda Carol Lowry, and her grandson, Adam Christopher Guffin.
Ruth is survived by Ike Fortner, her devoted and loving husband of 56 years; their children Freda and Bob Hoskins of Spokane Valley, WA, Patrick and Sara Fortner of Beaverton, OR, Sandy and Alan Cobb of Springfield, OR, and Don Fortner of Yakima, WA; ten grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; her sister Barbara Herron; brothers-in-law Bobby, Ted, George and David; sisters-in-law Dorothy, Ellen, Doris and Judy; also numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the caring staff at Hospice of Spokane for their wonderful care and support.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Hospice of Spokane.
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