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Ruth Gean Groce Smith Capps, 88, Summer Shade, KY (1932-2020)

Ruth Gean Groce Smith Capps of Summer Shade passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at T J Samson Hospital. She was 88 years old.

A private family funeral, with limited capacity, will be held at 2pmCT on Sunday, October 18, 2020, at the McMurtrey Funeral Home, 2232 Summer Shade Rd., Summer Shade, KY, with Brothers Joe Wilcoxson and Meryl Young officiating. Burial will follow in the Beaumont Cemetery.

A walk through visitation will be held from 4pmCT until 8pmCT on Saturday, October 17, 2020, and from 8amCT to 1:30pmCT on Sunday, October 18, 2020.

Due to Covid restrictions mask must be worn, temperature taken and social distancing encouraged.

Born July 20, 1932 in Peytonsburg, KY she was a daughter of the late John and Noxie (Perkins) Groce.

Ruth worked at sewing factories and farmed. She was an active member of her community helping with Beaumont Cemetery, Branstetter Park, and an active member of the Goodson Chapel Methodist Church.

Survivors include one brother Preston (Judy) Groce, Edmonton; 2 step sons, Stevie (Glenda) Capps, Summer Shade and Phillip (Rachel) Capps, Shepherdsville; nieces, Connie Jo (Kenny) Humes and Sharon Norris (Chuck); great niece and nephew Casey (Brian) Brown and Kaleb Humes; and several step grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death, besides her parents, were her 2 husbands, Rondell Smith and James Capps; one brother Ewing Groce; and sister Betty Norris.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Beaumont Cemetery at McMurtrey Funeral Home.

McMurtrey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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