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Emma Ellen Smith Lutz, 73, a former Ironton, Ohio, resident, passed away on July 19, 2017, in Naples, Fla., after a long illness.
Emma Ellen Smith was born on Sept. 24, 1943, on White Oak Mountain, Raleigh County, WV, a daughter of Earl George Smith and Golda Vest Smith. She married Robert D. "Bob" Lutz on Sept. 3, 1965.
Ellen was a graduate of Shady Spring High School in Raleigh County. And a graduate of the School of Nursing at Marshall University. Mrs. Lutz was a registered nurse and worked for several different places including St. Mary's Medical Center, Lawrence County General Hospital, Southern Ohio Medical Center and the Fresenius Dialysis Center in Ashland, Ky.
Ellen was a self-taught cook whose meals were legendary. She was the center of her family, the matriarch and caregiver. She successfully combined a career and motherhood at a time when that was a new concept. Ellen was a strong woman who was kind but not afraid to tell hard truths if necessary. Her passing is a great loss to family and friends who came to depend on the comfort of her steadfast love and her wise counsel.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by two brothers who died in childhood, Bobby Earl Smith and Billy Lee Smith.
She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Angela Lutz Watson (Don Watson) of Ladera Ranch, Calif., and Jennifer Lutz Donahue (Kevin Donahue) of Naples; two sons, Robert B. Lutz of Naples and Gregory A. Lutz of Coal Grove, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Jonathan and Daniel Lutz, Emily and Ashley Donahue, and Kyle and Alexandra "Ally" Watson; and a sister, Eva Smith-Carroll (Jim Carroll) of Frankfort, Ky.
The Lutz family will receive friends Monday, July 24, 2017 from 11 AM until 12 PM at Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 South Seventh Street, Ironton, Ohio. Graveside services will follow in Calvary Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Harvey officiating.
To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net
Published on July 20, 2017
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