July 24, 1934 ~ December 31, 2007

Born in: Asheville, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville – Ruth Smith McDonald, 73, passed away Monday, December 31, 2007. A lifelong resident of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Planey and Kathleen McFarland Smith and wife of the late Harry Everette McDonald, who died in 1984. She also was preceded in death by her son, Harry Timothy McDonald in 2003 and her brother, Billy Hugh Smith. Ruth was a lifelong member of Bent Creek Baptist Church where she was active as member and treasurer of the Young at Heart Sunday School Class and Senior Citizens; chairman of the Food Committee; member of the Women’s Ministry Team; serving as a greeter and a member of the counting team, as well as various other committees in the past. She was a retired administrative clerk with American General Insurance. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Karen McDonald of Asheville; sister, Carolyn Hensley and her husband, Pat, of Charlotte, niece, Lynne Barbee of Monroe, NC and two nephews, Bo Knapp of Atlanta and Mike Hensley of Monroe. A memorial service will be held at 12 noon Wednesday at the Bent Creek Baptist Church conducted by the Reverend Tommy Bridges. The family will receive friends from 11:00 am until noon at the church.

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  1. My love and prayers are with you at this difficult time in your lives. May God bless and keep you throughout this time of readjustment and preparation.

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  2. Karen – I was so sorry to hear about Mrs. McDonald. I know you brought her so much comfort. May God’s Peace sustain you during this time. You are definitely in my thoughts and prayers.
    Debby Burchfield

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  3. Ruth was a very special person to my husband and me and we are very saddened to hear of her Homegoing. She was always ready to do her share of whatever needed to be done. She was very loving and a pleasure to be around. She attended many of our family functions and it was always a joy to have her there. The last time we say her was at our Aunt’s funeral in March and she was there to offer words of comfort. She was truly a wonderful woman and will be sadly missed. It was very evident her love for her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God Bless. (Niece of Bill McMahan)

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  4. To the family: May God’s comfort fill the empty void left by Miss Ruth’s passing. She was a true friend and she always made you welcome when visiting her at home. What a great homecoming she must have experienced when once again she was reunited with her beloved Harry and Tim and to get to meet her Savior face to face. My thoughts and prayers are with you and to the church who has truly lost a hard worker.

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  5. Karen, You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you and bring you peace during this time and always.
    Mary

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  6. To the McDonald family – you are in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss Ruth as she was a special part of our Sunday School Class and a dear friend in Christ.

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  7. To the McDonald Family – you are in our thoughts and prayers. Ruth was a special part of our Sunday School Class and wil be missed. She was a special friend in Christ.

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  8. Karen,
    I’m continuing to keep you in my prayers. You and Mrs. McDonald had a special relationship and really enjoyed each other. That is such a gift. I know she was so glad that Tim had such good taste! Please try to take care of yourself. I’m sorry that I can’t be with you tomorrow but look forward to seeing you soon and giving you a hug. I love you lots and wish you all the best.
    Kathy

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  9. I wish I had the words to express my feelings for your loss. Momma Mac was always there to offer her home and her kindness as Tim and I grew up. I have many special memories of those times. Karen, Carolyn and Pat, please know that you are in my thoughts. Sorry I can’t be there in person to tell you.

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  10. You have lost a dear family member, we have lost a dear friend. I am so sorry. Floye
    Swaim, Young at Heart Sunday School Class.

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  11. Ruth was a fine lady and we enjoyed being with her in Sunday School and many class get-togethers. Your loss is our loss as well and we are lifting you up in prayer. Be comforted knowing she is with Jesus. He has given her a new body and she is more alive than ever.

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  12. Karen,

    I’m sorry to here about your mother-in-law. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you and your family.
    Jon

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  13. I’m so sorry I was unable to attend the memorial service, I’ve been told that it was beautiful.
    Between the weather and work issues (connected to the weather) I just couldn’t get there.
    She was a dear, dear lady and I could always count on her to help with whatever project we undertook.
    She served so many others, never expecting anything in return.
    We know that she is getting her reward now – we will miss her greatly but she’s rejoicing!

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  14. Carolyn, Pat, Karen and family – I really thought a lot of Ruth. She was a part of our Faulkner family. She went on trips with us, out to eat and most of our family functions. She will truly be missed. She was a great asset to our church family, always willing to help out however she could. My prayers are with all of the family.

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  15. We thought alot of Ruth my husband was employed with American General and after he retired and Ruth retired we lost track of one another and I was just thinking the other day about getting in touch with Ruth. She thought the world of you Karen for she spoke of you often and her son Tim. We were unaware of his death till we saw Ruth’s obituary. So sorry for your loss. God’s Blessings be with you and Carolyn.
    Don and Lorene Farr
    3136 Old US 221 S.
    Marion, N. C. 28752

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