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Born: Jul 17, 1966

Date of Passing: Oct 04, 2021

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EDEN, Ruth It is with unspeakable sadness and heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Ruth Johanna Eden on October 4, 2021 at the age of 55. We are comforted to know she is now with her parents, Clifford and Margaret Eden. She leaves to mourn her brother Clif, sister-in-law Linda, her nephew Blake, and nieces Amber and Sydni, extended family, and numerous friends and colleagues. Ruth was born in Hartney, Manitoba on July 17, 1966 and grew up on the family farm in Erickson, Manitoba. Ruth loved the area and spent as much time as she could at the farm, even after moving to Winnipeg to further her education and build her career. The farm was her sanctuary where she could "rest, relax, reflect and recharge". In 1988, Ruth was one of five women to graduate from the Civil Engineering program at the University of Manitoba. Ruth was the first woman to work for the Manitoba Highways and Transportation in the Bridges and Structures Branch. For the next 30 years, Ruth was involved in the design and construction of many of the bridges and structures located throughout the province that Manitobans cross each day. At the time of her death, Ruth was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Technical Services and Operations Division for Manitoba Infrastructure. Continuous growth and professional development was very important to Ruth throughout her life. In 2002, Ruth obtained a Masters of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Manitoba. Over the years, she served on several national committees, and in 2019, was the President of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba. But it wasn't all work - and no play - for Ruth. She enjoyed playing many sports and connecting with friends and colleagues on a curling sheet, golf course or softball diamond. She especially enjoyed her mixed curling league games and women's golf outings. The travel bug bit Ruth at an early age. She enjoyed travelling, whether it was for work or leisure. Her job allowed her to explore and see all parts of Manitoba, and many cities across Canada while attending conferences and connecting with colleagues from across North America. She also enjoyed family trips to visit relatives in Iceland and Sweden, to cruise Alaska, and to enjoy sunny Florida with her brother, sister-in-law, nephew and nieces who were especially dear to her. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. from the Erickson Legion Hall, Erickson, Manitoba. Interment will follow in the Erickson Municipal Cemetery. Provincial Public Health Guidelines will be followed. Those attending the service will be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to entry in the Legion Hall. Seating and sound will be provided by Rae's Funeral Service outside of the Legion Hall. Ruth's family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at St. Boniface Hospital for their outstanding care during Ruth's brief stay in hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.

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As published in Brandon Sun on Oct 08, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Ruth was a dedicated and valued member of the Structures Committee of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), where she also represented Manitoba Infrastructure on the Chief Engineers Panel. She was highly respected for her expertise and the contributions she made to advancing the state of practice in structural engineering, particularly with respect to transportation infrastructure. Ruth was a friend to many at TAC, and we are going to miss her in our community. We offer our sincere condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. - Posted by: Sarah Wells (Colleague through the Transportation Association of Canada) on: Nov 08, 2021

  • I am shocked and saddened by Ruth’s sudden passing. We enjoyed each other’s time together in the classroom, workplaces and industry social events. The community has lost a very professional and dedicated servant. Many have lost a dear friend and colleague. My sincerest condolences to Ruth’s family. - Posted by: Garry Winch (Friend, industry colleague and classmate) on: Oct 13, 2021

  • Ruth will be dearly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her. She left her mark in this world through the many people she lead, inspired, and mentored, through her many professional accomplishments and in a very tangible way through the infrastructure that literally connects Manitobans every day. On a personal level, I and many others will miss her ready smile, her fun-loving nature, and her contagious laughter. - Posted by: Jason Senyk (Colleague) on: Oct 08, 2021

  • I had the pleasure of knowing Ruth during our time as Civil Engineering classmates, graduating together in 1988. Of course, I am shocked and saddened to learn of her passing. Ruth was passionate about her profession, so it is not a surprise that she achieved such career success. She made 4 intense years of studying more enjoyable with her friendship, love of extra curricular activities like golf and curling. She encouraged me to volunteer and become involved with CSCE, with a conference in Montreal our final year. Thank you Ruth, for being a part of our journey. - Posted by: Scott Koetke (friend & classmate) on: Oct 08, 2021

  • I was totally shocked when I suddenly heard that Ruth has passed away. I am still feeling very sad because of her unexpected early departure. It's a reminder for us that every human has to pass through this stage. I was involved with Ruth in many aspects of our work, whether directly or indirectly. She was a great professional and mentor who always cared about details and accuracy. Her respect and trust on colleagues were incomparable. I still recall her words "Alauddin, you brought this proposal, how can I say no?" when she became the Acting ADM of Engineering and Operations several years ago. She always liked and encouraged new ideas and innovations that benefits public and industry. Her memory will last in my mind for a long. My heartfelt condolences to her families, relatives and friends. - Posted by: Dr. Alauddin Ahammed, P.Eng. (Colleague) on: Oct 08, 2021

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