Ruth Smith Slovak, 85 of Chesterfield Adult Care Home on Pax Hill Rd., Morganton, NC died Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC. Born September 11, 1924 in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of the late John Bunyan Smith and Bessie Tallant Smith. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Steven Slovak; a daughter, Ruth E. Slovak; brothers, Brantley, Bob, and Donald Smith; and a sister, Annie Keever.Surviving are her daughter, Joyce Slovak Mahoney of Tennessee; granddaughters, Melanie and Danica Berkel; a great granddaughter, Jada Mahoney; and a brother, Ted Whisnant of Drexel, NC.The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 5, 2010 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Eddy Bunton officiating. Burial will follow in Drexel Memorial Park. Memorial gifts may be made to Southmountain Children’s Home, 7330 Myrtle Dr., Nebo, NC 28761.

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