Ruth Benton King, 87, of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.
Ruth was born in Buffalo, N.Y., a daughter of the late Ernest L. and Ruth Markem Benton.
Mrs. King was a loving homemaker and devoted woman of the church. She was a Sunday school teacher for over 60 years at Kings United Methodist Church. While at the church she was known for her knowledge of the Bible and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She especially enjoyed sharing her knowledge with the younger members of the church and was a mentor to many in the Laurel elementary schools. She was also a member of the Martha Rebekka Lodge of Laurel.
Ruth is survived by her son, Thomas King and wife Julie of Laurel; her two daughters, Kathy Smardon and husband Jeff of Jericho, Vt. and Connie Mears and husband Arthur Lee of Georgetown; a brother, Duane Benton of Hockessin; sisters, Ethel Spaulding of Hamburg, N.Y., Bessie Babcock of DePue, N.Y. and Evelyn Rogers of E. Aurora, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Anna Belle King; her grandchildren, Clint Smardon, Jeremy and Liz Smardon, Lee and Erika Mears, Stacie and Garon Warner; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. King was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur T. King in 1997 and a brother, Lloyd Benton.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 30, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing was held one hour before the service. The Revs. Mark Perry and Dr. Everett Isaacs will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel.
Contributions may be made in Ruth’s memory to Kings United Methodist Church, c/o Karen Perry, 34591 Gordy Rd., Laurel, DE 19956.
Online condolences may be made to the King family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.