Ruth Schmidt Herst passed away April 23, 2017

Ruth Schmidt Herst, age 99, of Heber Springs, Arkansas passed away on April 23, 2017. Born on April 9, 1918 in Breeze, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Myrtle Schmidt.

"Mrs. Ruth" as everyone knew her, had been employed as a secretary for the Saint Louis Cardinals , and was a member of the Lutheran Church. She spent 45 years at the VFW where she led the Ladies Auxiliary and Bingo. She enjoyed bowling on a league, sports, spending time with her family and dancing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband David Herst, her daughters Jeanie Byford and Sandy Herst, her sons Hardy Herst and Jim Heaver, 2 sisters and 2 brothers.

She is survived by her brother Robert "Bob" Schmidt of Centralia, Illinois, her grandchildren Bobby (Sue), David (Jeri Lynn), Patrick (Amy) and Jamie (Michael) and her great-grandchildren Sophia and Nathan. Mrs. Herst is also survived by a host of family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 with funeral services being held at 2:00pm on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Olmstead Funeral Home with Rev. Jim French officiating. Interment will follow in Cleburne County Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements are by Olmstead Funeral Home.