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Ruth E. Smith, née Edwards, known to her family and friends as Bunny, passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018 in Chandler, Arizona. A native of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, Bunny was born in 1946, the eldest daughter of Thomas H. and Ruth J. (Parkin) Edwards. She attended Central Cambria High School and then Kent State University, where she studied art. Bunny was an accomplished homemaker, and enjoyed spending time with family. Wherever she was, she found places of interest to visit, and activities to enjoy. She was especially fond of spending time with her two grandsons, and proud of their participation in karate and baseball. As a talented designer, her true love was needle arts. Later in life, she started a small business, Priscilla’s Pocket, offering antique sampler reproductions, original cross-stitch charts, colonial goods, and handmade custom frames. Bunny’s thoughtful and beautiful cross-stitch designs were well received for both their simplicity and tenderness. At the time of her death, Priscilla’s Pocket had become well-known and respected throughout the needle arts industry. Bunny will be lovingly remembered, and greatly missed, by her husband of 51 years, Thomas E. Smith, daughters Apryl Southmayd (John) and Kara Young, grandsons Thomas Southmayd and Joshua Young, and her two sisters, Susan E. Phillips (Jerry) and Claudia E. O’Neill (Thomas).

A memorial reception has been planned at Bueler Chandler Mortuary, 14 W. Hulet Drive, Chandler, AZ 85225, on Thursday, February 1st, from 2:00 – 4:00.

The family is grateful to the doctors and nurses of Chandler Regional Medical Center’s ICU for the excellent care Bunny received in her final days. In lieu of flowers, they suggest a donation to the Dignity Health Foundation – East Valley – Intensive Care Unit Fund be made in Bunny’s memory.
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