In recognition of a life well lived the family of Ruby Marguerite Reid announce her passing on Tues. April 6, at the Stettler hospital, at age 92.
Ruby is survived by her daughter Merinda (Dave) of Rimbey and son Doug of Elnora, as well as her three grandchildren Emily (Brett) Speight, Winston (Jolynn) McNiven, and Serena (Grant) Senchuk and six great-grandchildren Lincoln, Acadia, Austin, Waylen, Kycie and Alec.
She is also survived by sister Hazel of Nova Scotia.
She was predeceased by her husband of 68 years Melbourne (Mel) Reid, her parents Fred and Gertie, and seven of her siblings.
Ruby was born Sept. 28, 1928 in New Ross, Nova Scotia where her parents, Fred and Gertie raised her and her eight siblings.
In 1945 Ruby left Nova Scotia and headed west where she married Mel.
Ruby and Mel moved around Alberta and BC working in logging camps and on farms before settling east of Elnora in 1953.
Ruby was a homemaker, a role she found deeply fulfilling and took much pride in.
She worked hard and was always in motion.
Her kitchen will be fondly remembered as a place filled with warmth where all were welcomed.
If you congregated around her kitchen table you would most certainly have been fed, you would definitely have had the opportunity to enjoy some of her fresh baked goods, and, if you were lucky, she just might recite some original poetry for you.
Ruby had a green thumb; she could make just about anything grow, but she loved her flowers. In her earlier years, she kept so many houseplants that her house was often likened to a jungle.
Ruby found joy in the simple things in life, watching clothes blow on the line, picking berries, the sound of jars sealing and calving season.
Her enthusiasm for all will be lovingly remembered.
Ruby was a proud, longtime supporter of STARS.
Ruby has requested that no funeral be held and that her ashes be spread along the banks of the Red Deer River with her beloved Mel.
Card of Thanks
The family would also like to extend a special thanks to caregivers Carol Gregson, Sheryl Valdez and Editha Jovonillo for loving Ruby and caring for her as though she were their own family. Words cannot express our gratitude.