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Ellamae Ruger

Mrs. Ellamae Ruger, 66, passed away at on Monday, October 19, 2009 at Reid Hospital.

Born March 20, 1943 in Richmond, she was the daughter of Donald and Gladys Basham Phenis. She was a homemaker and retired from Richmond Community Schools after 25 years as a bus driver. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and enjoyed reading, crocheting and gardening around her home.

Ellamae will be missed by her daughters, Raelynn Brand, Woodstock, Georgia; Connie Davis, Archer, Florida; Connie Barker, Richmond; Anita Fowler, New Castle; Diane Pierce, Hagerstown; Lori Martin, Hagerstown; Tammie Amoeda, Fort Myers, Florida; sons, Curtis Smith, St. Louis, Missouri; Terry Smith, Richmond; Shawn Smith, Richmond; Duane Smith, New Castle; Marty Ruger, Richmond; 1 sister, Lela, of New Orleans, Louisiana; 28 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Ellamae was preceded in death her former husband, Gary Lee Smith, Sr., in 1988; her late husband, James Michael "Mike" Ruger, to whom she was married on July 27, 1989, on May 10, 2008; daughter, Wenonah Miller, in 2002; son, Gary Lee Smith, Jr., in 2006; granddaughter, Michelle Ruger, in 2007.

A funeral ceremony will be conducted by Rev. Jerry Mielke at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, October 23 at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Elkhorn Cemetery.

Family and friends may gather for visitation from 5-8 P.M. on Thursday, October 22, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Help the Animals, 2101 West Main Street, Richmond, Indiana 47374.

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So sorry for your loss.
May God be with you at this time

Raymond Schweizer Oct 23 2009 12:00 AM

Ella was a great Aunt I will miss her dearly.

donald reece Oct 22 2009 12:00 AM

My sympathies go out to all Ellie's children, grandchildren and her sister, Lelia. You face difficult times but please know that many people are holding you all in the light. Donna (cousin in Idaho)

Donna Burelison Statler Oct 21 2009 12:00 AM

Shawn & family, I am so sorry for your loss.

Marian Sanger Oct 21 2009 12:00 AM

Shawn, You are in my thoughts and I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. We have so many good memories of our childhood at your house. Your mom was always so good to us and made me feel at home. I am here for you no matter what, day or night. You know I will help you through this, as I just went through it myself with Dad. Please let me know if there is anything I can help with, just call me. Love ya man!!

Rick Dixon Oct 21 2009 12:00 AM

Shawn and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about your mom. If you need anything, let me know. You know, Rick will always be there for you and so will I, just call. Love ya, Angie

Angie Dixon Oct 21 2009 12:00 AM