Ruth Marie Kennedy
1925 – 2011
Ruth passed away peacefully at home with her family at her side on February 1, 2011. She leaves to mourn her daughter Linda (Bob) Wilson, her son Alan (Lucy) Kennedy, her daughter Debbie (Bill) McRae, grandchildren – Jody McMurray (Kevin Kovacs), Travis (Kim) McMurray, and Michael and Blake Kennedy, as well as three brothers and two sisters. Ruth was predeceased by her husband Murray in 1985 and her later companion Gene Llewellyn in 2002.
Mom was the youngest daughter of Frank and Alice Smith. Our grandparents and their family of eleven children, four boys and seven girls, proved up two homesteads – the first near Eastend, SK where Mom was born and the second near Pleasantdale, SK.
Mom worked all her life, starting at an early age on the family farm. As a young teenager she took on housekeeping jobs, cared for invalids, and picked fruit and worked in the cannery to put herself first through boarding school and then the practical nursing program in North Battleford.
She was working at Vancouver General Hospital in 1957 when she met Murray Kennedy and subsequently moved north with Linda. Terrace would be her home for the next 53 years and it was here that she and Murray raised their blended family together.
After Debbie was born Mom learned bookkeeping and then continued to work in that field until she retired. She took pride in keeping immaculate financial records for her employers and in her volunteer positions.
Mom will be lovingly remembered for her gifts of homemade bread, jams and jellies, her hand-knit socks and baby outfits, and the beautiful hand-stitched quilts she made.
The family would like to thank Dr. Hoy and his nurse Judi, the palliative care nurses Baxter, Brenda and Leslie, and the Home Support staff. We couldn’t have cared for Mom in her final days at home without their professional and compassionate support. We also thank all our friends for their many acts of kindness: the words of encouragement through calls and cards, the food, the flowers and the hugs.
In accordance with Mom’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no immediate service will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held later this year.
The highlight of Mom’s week was playing cards with her friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts
may be made to the
Happy Gang Center.