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Born: Feb 27, 1923

Date of Passing: Jun 11, 2021

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February 27, 1923 - June 11, 2021

Our family lovingly announces that our dear mother has left us at 98 years of age. It is still hard to believe, as she has always been there for us.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband Lorne and cherished sons. Paul and David. She leaves behind a large, devoted family.
Mom was much loved by her surviving children: Jo-Anne (Pat) Montgomery, Lynn (Paul) Degouw, Don (Diane) Desjardine, Rob Desjardine, and daughter-in-law Geri Desjardine. Cherished grandmother of Dennis, Richard, Keith, Russell (Anne), Marc (Cindy), Kelsey (Erin), Shannon (Eric), Annie, Becky and Brendan. Adoring great-grandmother of Trinity, Claire, Leia, Graham, Patrick, Norah and Ellie, and a much loved aunt of many nieces and nephews across the country.
Mom was born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, one of eight children. She left home in her late teens, but never loosened her strong attachment to "The Rock".
While still living in Grand Falls, she met a handsome young airman with a great sense of humour, who was stationed in Gander during wartime. Four years later they were married and her adventures as a military wife began. Mom and Dad were posted to numerous locations in Alberta, Ontario and finally Winnipeg, Manitoba, where Dad retired from military life. It was not easy to relocate so frequently, with no extended family to help with our large brood. But Mom was up to the task. Throughout her whole life, her children came first. She always made sure that we were well settled into our new schools and activities and were making new friends, no matter where we were located. There was always a well balanced meal at dinnertime and somehow our friends were always allowed to join the crowd around the table!
When her youngest started school, Mom decided to return to the work force, after decades of being at home. This took courage and she so enjoyed her 17 years spent at Deer Lodge Hospital as a ward clerk. Many of her colleagues were still remarking to us, many years later, how she excelled at her work.
Mom loved playing the piano and took up oil painting in middle age, taking classes in the latter for many years. We have her art hanging in our homes, a special way to remember her. She was raised in the United Church and her faith was very important to her. She attended Silver Heights United Church for decades and served with the women's group (UCW). All her children were married there.
Mom and Dad enjoyed retirement together. They made many trips together to her beloved Newfoundland and also travelled to Hawaii and Mesa, Arizona. They loved their day trips throughout Manitoba in the summer, going to places like Morden for local festivals.
It was a big adjustment for Mom when Dad died in 1992. But over time she adapted, learning to manage her day to day financial affairs until her early 90s. Mom moved to Sturgeon Creek retirement home in her 80s and remained there until she was 93, when she had to relocate due to physical frailty. She loved her time spent there. Being a social person, she signed up for most of the activities within the residence and made many good friends during that time. She also partook of the many bus outings offered, to concerts and rural destinations of interest.
Mom's last years were spent at Golden West Centennial Lodge. Our family especially wants to thank Monica for the loving care that she provided to Mom. Virginia also was very good at communicating with the family about any concerns.
Jo-Anne and Lynn would like to thank their brothers, Don and Rob for their devoted care of Mom over the last several years. Her daughters lived far away, but in between their visits, her two youngest sons (and daughter-in-law Diane) visited twice weekly, even through a window in the deep freeze of a Winnipeg winter during Covid. Mom would not have survived as long as she did without your show of love to her.
And so we say goodbye, Mom. You could not have done more for any of us. We will be forever grateful for your steadfast love and devotion over our lifetimes.
A last message from Mom, a true Newfoundlander:

In the cold Canadian waters, north from the coast of Maine, there's an island called Newfoundland, swept by snow, wind and rain. I wish I had the power, to change the course of time, to live again in Newfoundland, the home of childhood time.

A private family service has been held.
Donations in Ruth's memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders.

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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 19, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I enjoyed my conversations with Ruth at GWCL. She was such a kind, sweet lady. I am sorry for your family‚Äôs loss. - Posted by: Janice (Nurse GWCL) on: Jun 28, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Marilyn Waigh(Wagner) (Moms best friend) on: Jun 21, 2021

  • Our very special aunt will be missed! I will hold my memories of her close to my heart. Thoughts are with you all, Lynn & Joanne, Rob & Don and all the grandchildren & great-grandchildren. - Posted by: Jocelyn (Niece ) on: Jun 19, 2021

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