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Born: Jul 17, 1966

Date of Passing: Oct 04, 2021

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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.

Friends may visit to leave messages of condolence for the family

Rae's Funeral Service of Shoal Lake & Erickson are in care of arrangements
(204) 636-7727

Make a donation to St. Boniface Hospital Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 08, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I am so sorry to read of Ruth's passing. I worked with Ruth for many years prior to my retirement. I was in Human Resources and had the opportunity to work with Ruth on many issues. Her ability to deal immediately and decisively with issues was impressive and always dealt with them in a very compassionate manner. She will be missed. Please accept my sincere condolences. - Posted by: Jenny Morris (Co-worker) on: Nov 16, 2021

  • To Clif and family - my deepest condolences on the loss of Ruth. She was a professional, leader, caregiver, den mother, classmate, colleague and friend. We met last at Clear Lake and had a such a good visit and time of reminiscing. She will be greatly missed by friends, family and the Engineering community. - Posted by: Angela (Penner) Meier (Former classmate/Work Colleague) on: Oct 08, 2021

  • I got to know Ruth during the Red River Floodway expansion project, where she played a key role for the design and construction of the various bridge crossings. She was always very upbeat and positive and wonderful to work with. It didn't take long to become friends and affectionately called her "Aunty Ruthy" as she always had a story to tell about her nieces and nephews. My condolences to Ruth's family and friends, she will be missed. - Posted by: Gil Robinson (Colleague / Friend) on: Oct 08, 2021

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