Helen Ruth Kraemer, was called home by her Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 1:15 a.m. at her residence, Gaither Suites.
Ruth, as she was known by her friends, is survived by her husband of 65 years, Billy Kraemer; and one son, Arnold Wayne Smith and wife Marilyn of Las Vegas, Nev. Also surviving are one niece, Helen Pendleton Dennison of Elizabethton, Ky.; and one nephew, Edwin Lee (Sonny) Pendleton and wife Maryjane of New Haven, Ky.
In addition to her parents and her first husband, Ruth was preceded in death by her brothers, Walter Raine and Roy Raine; and her sister, Edna Pendleton; and one niece, Doris Pendleton.
Ruth was born on September 11, 1914, in Hodgenville, Ky., to the late Elliston Davenport Raine and Dora Enlow Raine. During her early years Ruth attended school and church in the Hodgenville community where she came to know Jesus as her Savior.
In 1935, when Ruth was 21 years old, she married Arnold Worthington Smith and they moved to Louisville, Ky. In January, 1940, just six months before their son, Arnold Wayne Smith was born, her husband was killed. After the birth of their son Ruth continued to live in Louisville, working to support her son. When World War II began she worked in the defense industry at Westinghouse as an inspector and soon promoted to Supervisor. After the war ended she returned to her former position at Standard Sanitary, where she continued to work until she left Louisville in 1950.
In October 1946, she met Bill Kraemer and on September 6, 1947, they were married. Ruth continued working until Bill graduated from Speed Engineering School in June, 1950. In September, 1950, Ruth, Bill and Arnold Wayne moved to Macon, Ga., in 1953 they moved to Alton, Ill., and in 1955 the family moved to Paducah, Ky.
After moving to Paducah, Ruth became active in Parkview Chapel, a mission of a local church. When the sponsoring church sold the mission building in the summer of 1956, Ruth and her family united with Baptist Tabernacle Church. At Tabernacle, Ruth was active as Teacher, department Secretary, youth Mission leader and outreach visitor. When Baptist Tabernacle closed in 1998, she united with Trinity Baptist Church and continued to be an active church member until January, 2005, when family health concerns necessitated she and her husband move to an assisted living facility.
Graveside service will be held Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Garden Chapel with Rev. Kenneth Brown officiating. Entombment will follow. There will be no public visitation.
Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.
Expression of sympathy may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 604 So. 21st Street, Paducah, KY 42003.
Read more: The Paducah Sun - Helen Ruth Kraemer
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