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Ruth Scoville

Sep 29, 2009

Ruth Marie “Skeeter” King Scoville of Nashville, Tenn. and Sanibel, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on Sept. 24 following a very brief illness at Vanderbilt University Hospital. She was 90.

Born on March 10, 1919 in Grand Forks, N.D., Mrs. Scoville was preceded in death by her parents Charles Edwin King and Gertrude Smith King, her husband of 57 years Addison B. Scoville, Jr., her son William, her grandson Addison B. Scoville, IV, a sister Josephine Elizabeth (“Betty”) Finks, and a brother James L. King. She is survived by two sons, Addison B. Scoville, III (Missy) and Charles King Scoville (Kyra); six grandchildren, Lucia S. Hurst of Memphis, Tenn., Meredith S. Demetre (Peter), Elizabeth S. Hurd, and Lindsey W. Cooper Jr. (Laurie) all of Charleston, S.C., David W. Scoville and Courtney C. Jenrath (Doug) of Nashville, Tenn.; 12 great grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Scoville graduated from Ward-Belmont and attended Vanderbilt University where her father was on the medical school faculty and where she would meet her future husband who was completing his residency in medicine and who would be on the medical school faculty for almost 50 years. At the time of her death, she was a member of Belle Meade Country Club, the Centennial Club and the Canby Robinson Society of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center where the Ruth K. Scoville Chair in Medicine was established eight years ago.

She had been very active in The Auxiliary to the Nashville Academy of Medicine, the Orchid Society of Middle Tennessee, the Montgomery Bell Academy Auxiliary, the Nashville Womens Golf Association, and Beachview Country Club in Sanibel. Well into her 70s, she was a formidable golfer and past her 90th birthday was extremely competitive at bridge, looking forward to both duplicate and contract games no less than twice a week.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial gifts be made to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine c/o Vanderbilt Gift Records Office, PMB407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240 and Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3900 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37205.