Ruth Elizabeth Smith

7 September 1916–19 December 1998 (Age 82)
Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States

The Life Summary of Ruth Elizabeth

When Ruth Elizabeth Smith was born on 7 September 1916, in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States, her father, Jesse Hall Smith, was 32 and her mother, Carrie Almira Hawk, was 36. She married Merlin Clinton Christensen on 13 September 1938, in Cache, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in Blackfoot Election Precinct 3, Bingham, Idaho, United States in 1940. She died on 19 December 1998, in Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

Merlin Clinton Christensen
Ruth Elizabeth Smith
Marriage: 13 September 1938
June Ruth Christensen
Connie Anne Christensen

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 September 1938Cache, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
    1921 · One of The Oldest Coasters in the World
    Age 5
    Utah is home to one of the oldest coasters in the world that is still operational. The Roller Coaster, at Lagoon Amusement park, is listed number 5.
    1938 · The DI is Opened To The Public
    Age 22
    Deseret Industries is a non-profit organization and a division of Welfare Services of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It includes a chain of retail thrift stores and work projects. Many of the items sold are second hand or never used. Such items include furniture, appliances, computers, and clothing. The DI also sells new furniture, much of it received directly from its own manufacturing plant in Salt Lake City. The DI provides job skill training for the physically, emotionally and socially challenged and seeks to place them into private sector employment.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (16)

    • Ruth Elizabeth Smith in household of Jesse Hall Smith, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
    • Ruth Elizabeth Smith, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
    • Ruth Elizabeth Smith Christensen in household of Merlin Clinton Christensen, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"

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