Ruth Muriel Twa died on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 83 years of age at Long Term Care at the Coronation Hospital and Care Center. Ruth was born March 11, 1928 in Coronation, only daughter of Ernest and Beatrice Benson. She attended school in Coronation with her four brothers: Earl, Neil, Ken and Merle. Later she was blessed with two more brothers, Owen and Lyle and a special mother “Marge.”
Ruth excelled at academics, track and field, piano and figure skating. In Coronation on November 9, 1945 Ruth married George William Twa and became a farm wife at Talbot where they began to raise their family.
Following Carole’s birth, George and Ruth then started to travel across Alberta and Saskatchewan as George worked the oil rigs. After Theresa and Larry were born, the family returned to the farm where the other five children were born. Ruth was an active member of the Talbot Homemakers for over 50 years. She also raised a large garden, baked bread and ran the farm when George was away working.
In 1972 Ruth went to work as a nursing attendant at the new nursing home where she continued to work for the next 20 years.
As well, she helped to raise two grandchildren and continued to be active with the farm. Following her children’s many activities, especially their sports, were a highlight of her life. In 1991, George and Ruth moved to town. She retired from the Nursing Home in 1992 but continued to help with the farm work. She took great pride in developing her new yard in town and especially in decorating the house and yard for Christmas.
In 2004, Ruth moved into Assisted Living where she remained until April 2011 when she moved into Long Term Care. She made many special friends during this time and enjoyed playing bingo, doing crafts and never missed playing cards in the evening. Ruth was predeceased by her husband George in 2000 after 54 years of marriage. As well, grandchildren Tyson Bullick, Colin Kobi, Cara Twa, grandson-in-law Sid Hartung, parents Ernest in 1968 and Beatrice in 1941 and brother Earl in 1996.
She is survived by her children:
Daughter Carole and Marvin Tkach and children Naomi and Kevin Henry, Glenda and Rodney Stanger and Doug and Sherry Tkach. Daughter Theresa and Bill Kobi and children Shawn and Paula Kobi, Glenn and Amy Kobi, Tammy and Jason Rossing and Crystal and James Marshall. Son Larry and Marge Twa and children Michael and Crystal Twa and Michelle and Rod Ball. Daughter Judy and Doug Bullick and children Jarred and Leia Bullick and Kylie and Scott Bartman. Son Greg and Heather Twa and children Larry, Glen and Shara.
Daughter Beryl and Bill Doyle and children Mark and Renee Doyle and Steven, Amanda and Mike Holton. Daughter Roxanne and Bob Osetsky and children Christie and Bob Williamson, Stacey and Ryan Schedlosky, Ted Osetsky, Bobbi-Jo Osetsky and Terry. Son Brett and Lana Twa and children Josie, Corey and Kaylea.
Also, 35 great-grandchildren and one great, great granddaughter.
She is also survived by brothers Neil Benson and Madeline; Ken Benson; Merle and Deb Benson; Owen Benson and Lyle Benson and Laurie as well as a host of family across Canada and the USA. Funeral services were held at Coronation Community Hall on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Sue Hertell officiating. Pianist Clarissa Vanderburg played for the congregational hymn as well as for Aiden Kobi, Paula Kobi and Connie Cox as they sang the new rendition of Amazing Grace.
A pictorial tribute was presented by the family and several of Ruth’s family gave loving tributes to those in attendance. Ruth was laid to rest beside her husband George at the Coronation Cemetery. Family and friends gathered at the Community Hall for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by the Talbot Homemakers. Memorial donations may be made in Ruth’s name to the Coronation Hospital Foundation.
Condolences may be forwarded to the family at www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com. Parkview Funeral Chapels and Crematorium entrusted with the care and arrangements. For further information please call 403-578-3777.