Ruth Ann Travillian

Published 5:43 pm Thursday, February 27, 2020

Ruth Ann Travillian


Ruth Ann Smith Travillian, 79, died February 24, 2020 in Deland, Florida. Born June 23, 1940 in Danville, Kentucky to the late Maggie Boyd Smith Green and Learah “Shorty” Elbert Smith. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her daughter, Georganna Arnold. 

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“Ruthie” was a 1956 graduate from Danville High School and a member of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church. She was a Danville Admiral band mom in the 1980’s and a Danville Admirals football fan. Ruthie was an avid UK fan and didn’t like it when anyone tried to call her during a game. She loved cross stitch and word puzzles, but most of all, spending time with her grandkids. She always put 110% behind anything anyone wanted to do. 

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, George E. Travillian; two daughters, Michelle (Rick) Travillian Mitchell of Winchester, and Joetta Young of Danville; five grandchildren: Shea (Kristina) Arnold, Lori Jo (Byron) Sims, Kelsey, Kolbi, and Trace Mitchell; four great grandchildren: Micah, Malachi, and Keianna Arnold, and Maggie Jo Sims.The funeral service will be 1 pm, Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Stith Funeral Home in Danville. Rev. Larry Holbrook will officiate. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Shea Arnold, Micah Arnold, Malachi Arnold, Trace Mitchell, David Wayne Travillian and Gardner Travillian. Honorary pallbearers will be her Florida friends at Riviera Resort and Marina. Visitation will be 11 am to 1 pm prior to the service. Donations are suggested to The American Cancer Society. The online guestbook is available at