November 30th, 1923 ~ January 10th, 2016
Ruth passed away quietly at her residential care home in Maple Ridge.
She is predeceased by her husband Johannas (John) and by all 11 of her siblings, 9 in Denmark and 2 in England. Ruth is survived by her son Niels (wife JoAnne), daughter Edda (husband Hans), grandchildren Tanya, Bryan, and Wanda and great grandchildren Sabrina, Haley, Kaysha and MacKenna. She was born in Jutland, Denmark in a farming community, the youngest of 12 children. At 16 she went to Copenhagen where she apprenticed as a seamtress. She married Johannas in 1946 in Copenhagen and in 1949 they immigrated to Canada where they settled in Maple Ridge (Haney) after a short period near Kaslo. Their first home was on 227th (old 10th Ave) where they lived for 12 years before moving to Thornhill in Whonnock in 1962. They lived on “the farm” for 50 years with their dogs, cattle, view of Mt. Baker, and many wonderful neighbours. Mom was a hard working, accomplished and multi-talented lady. Upon arriving in Haney she set up shop at home, sewing for those who could afford custom made clothes…she was in high demand. In 1960 she joined forces with Dad, he providing the meat handling skills, she providing the business brains, building and operating The Sausage Kitchen. She kept the books and after the retail side of the business was sold in 1968, she went to work for an accounting firm in Coquitlam. But, by 1970 she yearned to be her own boss again so opened a dry goods shop, The Thread & Thimble in Langley which she owned and operated until the mid 80’s. With more free time after selling the store she was able to become a volunteer driver for the Cancer Society. She logged thousands of miles during her almost 20 years as a driver. Ruth and John, busy as they were, had a very active social life including years of square dancing, bowling, entertaining at home, hosting family from abroad, travelling to far-off places, etc. There seemed no end to their energy…Mom has had a very full life.
A very special thank-you to the 2nd floor RC staff at Maple Ridge Seniors Village and to Dr. Chapman for their caring attentiveness during the last few days. No service by request.