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CHAD – Ruth Irene (nee Miller)

March 28, 1931 – April 19, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Ruth Irene (Miller) Chad, on April 19, 2011.

Ruth was born March 28, 1931 in Zehner, Saskatchewan and had just recently celebrated her 80th birthday. She was immensely proud of her nascent family, rural roots and Western upbringing and was always quick to draw on those sound sensibilities. As such, she remained fiercely independent and industrious her entire life.

In her teenage years Ruth moved to Regina to finish high school. Shortly after beginning her professional career as an oil and gas secretary in Regina, she moved to Calgary where she met Stanley Joseph Chad. The two were married October 8, 1955 and together had two sons: Jeffrey Jordan and Stanley Robert Chad.

Ruth immensely enjoyed outdoor pursuits such as skiing and hiking and was quick to try something new. Her friends were important to her and together they enjoyed traveling extensively as well as many social occasions. Mother rarely sat still and was always working with several projects at once. She was a housewife, secretary, homemaker, mother, friend, artist, designer, accountant to the family’s business, fashionista, contractor, manager, builder, and Grandmother. Ruth was tireless and demanding of herself and those around her. It is these qualities that we will remember most.

Ruth is survived by her sons Jeff (Susan) and Rob (Laurel) Chad and by her grandchildren Andrew, Kaitlin, Bretton and Kara. She is survived by her sisters Helen Philley, Anne Heath and Hilda Bancescue as well as by her brothers Butch, Lyle and David Miller. She is also survived by a large and wonderful extended family.

She was a strong and determined woman who was always busy and greatly influenced those around her. We will miss the lively conversations with her and her unwavering sense of right and wrong.

We are immensely grateful for the help of so many caring and dedicated individuals that have assisted in the care of our mother during her illness. We also are grateful for all the visits and kind words and encouragement from so many family members and friends. She passed surrounded by family and good friends.

There will be a service celebrating our mother’s life at the Calgary Golf and Country Club (one and one half blocks west of Elbow Drive on 50th Avenue S.W.) on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. Please forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455, www.calgaryhumane.ca.

In living memory of Ruth Chad, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Patrick Matsalla :

    It is with great sadness that I received the news of Ruth’s passing. Ruth was a respected, involved and independent lady. I can warmly remember with fondness the times we spent discussing her latest passion and beliefs. My sincere condolences to her sons Rob and Jeff and the rest of her family. I will always remember Ruth with respect and affection.

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  2. Suzanne Sorensen, Jim Dawes, Danica Sorensen-Dawes :

    Please accept our sincerest condolences.

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  3. Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, Jeff. May your memories comfort you at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  4. Having worked with Stan and Ruth it was obvious that they had a wonderful relationship. Ruth’s involvement contributed largely to the success of the business in it’s formative years.
    Nevertheless family was first. Ruth was the essence of traditional western values.
    Family, hard work, independence.
    Susan and I extend our deepest sympathies
    to Jeff, Susan, Rob Laurel and family.

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  5. Hugh and Pamela Leiper :

    Pam and I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Rob, Laurel, Jeff, Susan and your families. We are travelling overseas at the moment, and truly regret that we will not be able to offer our condolences to you in person. Losing a mom is difficult, but we hope in time tears will give way to happy memories. With hugs, Hugh and Pam

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  6. Indraman Halim-Dihardja and Yuswan Halim-Dihardja :

    The Chad families
    Rob & Laurel
    Jeff & Susan

    We would like to offer our sincere condolences for the passing away of Ruth.

    We will always remember her fondly.

    Indraman
    Yuswan

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  7. Erica Lebbert :

    Thinking of you in your time of loss.

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  8. Bob, Maggie, Ryan,Graham,Jamie and Samantha Hunt. :

    To the entire Chad Family our Sincere Condolences on the passing of your Mom. Bob,Maggie Hunt and Family.

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  9. Jacqueline Newry - Surprise & Sparkle Cleaning :

    I felt so privilege to work in Ruth’s home, even though it was very short, it felt like I knew her for many years. Mrs. Chad was like a root with so many distinguished branches, she was a very hard worker and was passionate about her many jobs and I admired her for the many different roles that she played and was successful. My daughter asked, when did Mrs. Chad slept. Rest in peace, you were an angel in disguise.

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  10. My sincere condolences to Rob, Laurel, Jeff, Susan and your families. Times that we had together I will keep forever in my heart. Rest in peace.

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  11. Hugh Alexander Leiper :

    Rob Chad and family,
    Please accept my most abject apology for not being able to attend Ruth’s funeral in person.
    My memories of Ruth are very fond. She gave me some personal time and attention as a child while I was around Signalta on multiple occasions. She was a very kind person to me and I shall always hold her memory in the highest regard, she will be missed.

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  12. Allison Massey :

    Dear Rob, Laurel and family,

    I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother; my thoughts are with you and your family. May you find peace in the memories that you shared, and may her life live on in you always.

    Best Regards,
    Allison Massey

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  13. Rob, please accept my condolences on the passing of your mother. She sounded like a super woman.

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