Ruth Ann Blythe

Mrs. Ruth Ann Blythe, 79 of Murfreesboro passed away on November 6, 2021. She was a native of Toledo, Ohio born on April 1, 1942, but lived most of her life in Rutherford County. She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd Lewis and Nancy D. Smith, stepmother, Joann Lewis, husband, Bobby Blythe, Sr., and by a son, John Walter Lewis.

She is survived by sons, Bobby (Sherry) Blythe, Jr. of Murfreesboro and Shannon Blythe, brothers, Marshall (Betty) Lewis and James Lewis both of Toledo, OH, sisters, Linda Lewis, and Laura Lesko both of Toledo, OH and Mary Lewis of Texas, grandchildren, John Lewis, Jr., Janet Lewis, Skyler Blythe, Makala Blythe, Emily Breedlove, and Tony Breedlove.

Growing up in Ohio, she attended Mary Brook Catholic Academy, now known as St. John’s University, and graduated in 1960. In 1961, she made her way to Rutherford County. It wasn’t long before she settled in and set down roots.

In her spare time, she loved reading most any kind of book. Detective novels and history books topped the list of favorites. The only exception to books she loved to read were romance novels. Whenever she could slip away, she loved to go fishing. Being outdoors gave her a great level of peace. Often, she dreamed of having a little cabin where she could have a cup of coffee and watch the birds eat from her feeders. 

Though not a social butterfly, she loved talking to people and could talk your ear off. Fitting her unique personality, she and her husband had special nicknames for each other. He lovingly called her “Wife Woman,” and she called him, “Boar Hog.”  Living life simply and on her own terms was her way. She could have a stubborn streak and loved her independence. Her family and friends will remember her fondly for her smile, humor, and unique personality.

The family will have visitation at Gentry-Smith Funeral Home on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, from 12-2 pm. Funeral services will follow in the Gentry-Smith Funeral Home chapel at 2 pm. Gaylon Dawson will officiate with interment following at Milton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a church or charity of choice. Share memories and condolences with the family at  Gentry-Smith Funeral Home, 303 Murfreesboro Rd. Woodbury, TN 37190, 615-563-5337. Because every life has a story.