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ERICKSON – Ruth Meredith (nee Damron)

September 19, 1927 – June 6, 2011

Ruth Erickson, our dear wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2011 at the age of 83 years.

Ruth was born in Mansfield, Ohio and lived there through high school. She then attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, graduating with an honours degree in Mathematics. While at Denison, she met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Erickson. They were married in the Swasey Chapel at Denison in 1948. They began their married life in Evanston, Illinois while Bob completed his Masters Degree, moving on to Calgary, AB in 1950 where they settled and started their family. In 1963, Ruth packed up her family and household and ventured off to Sydney, Australia where Bob had been assigned. She enjoyed her time in Sydney and made life-long friends. They returned to Calgary in 1966. Ruth made one more international move with Bob to Swindon, England in 1974, returning to Calgary permanently in 1975. After the children had all left home, she joined her husband in the oil business. Ruth was actively involved with Girl Guides and Sea Rangers. She enjoyed knitting, playing bridge, hiking in the mountains with friends, curling, tennis, badminton and synchronized swimming. Together, Bob and Ruth adventured around the world, and sailed in the Caribbean, Adriatic and Aegean seas.

Ruth will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by her husband of sixty three years, Bob; her children Nancy Read (Mike) of Calgary, Mardy Martin (Jim) of Spokane, and John Erickson (Karen) of East Corinth, Vermont; grandchildren, Jocelyn (Uwe), Katy, Colin, Joel, Jeff (Brianne), Courtney (Brian), Kevin, Sarah (Mark), Carly (Jeff), and Eric; seven great-grandchildren; as well as her brother Dr. John Damron (Kay) of San Francisco and numerous nieces and nephews. Ruth was predeceased by her parents Dr. Carl and Estelle Damron and her brother Dr. Carroll (Mary) Damron.

A memorial Service for Ruth will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through If you choose to do so, and in lieu of flowers, please donate to a community charity of your choice in Ruth’s name. The family would like to express their deepest thanks to the caring staff at Community Care Center (C3) and at Carewest Royal Park. Ruth was loved and cherished by her family and many friends. We will miss her beautiful smile and generous heart.

In living memory of Ruth Erickson, 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. Cindy, unit clerk C3 :

    My deepest sympathies, I will remember Ruth as a grand, gentle, incredibly friendly lady. I wish I could have known her longer.

    Cindy, unit clerk

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  2. The Kronholm Family :

    Our deepest sympathy. We will remember Ruth’s warm and generous welcome when Uwe and Jocelyn married. She will be greatly missed.

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  3. Kathy Bumgarner :

    I was fortunate to visit with Ruth just a few times. Her warmth and intelligence impressed me instantly. Well versed on many subjects, the conversations were interesting and thought provoking. I feel cheated that we didn’t have more visits. She will live on in Mardy and for that our family is grateful.

    The Bumgarners

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  4. On behalf of the Erdman family in Vancouver, our deepest sympathy on the passing of Ruth to Bob, Nancy, Mardy, John and families. I will remember her as a kind and caring next door neighbour while growing up, a very dear friend of my parents. She will be deeply missed. Ron Erdman

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  5. Elizabeth Downie :

    Our heartfelt sympathies to the Erickson family and Ruth’s extended family. Ruth was a wonderful friend and neighbour of our family. We are remembering her intelligence, generosity and empathy, and know she will be greatly missed.
    Elizabeth Downie and family

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  6. mary Fenwick :

    I met Ruth less than a year ago at dinner at Garrison Green and recognized immediately the charm and capacity for joy this gracious lady had…the sparkle that showed as she looked at Bob and spoke of her family. I wish I had known her longer.
    To Bob and the will be in my prayers not only today but as you get used to life without dear Ruth
    Mary Fenwick

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  7. Jeff & Kelly Kay :

    Our heartfelt sympathies to the Erickson family. Mrs. Erickson was a lovely lady, we enjoyed our chats with her at Wasa lake. May her spirit live on in your hearts…
    Kelly & Jeff Kay and family

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  8. Doris Mitchell :

    Ruth and I were friends for many, many years. I have such wonderful memories of our fun times together. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

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  9. Ben and Jane Van Sant :

    Bob and Family,

    Please know that our sympathetic thoughts are with you at this time. We are so sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. You were both so welcoming to our family when we moved into Britannia–we truly miss seeing you as our neighbors across the street.

    Best regards always,

    Ben and Jane Van Sant

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  10. Sandy & Bill Wilson :

    She left us and our family with many happy memories. We enjoyed their coming and spending time at their cabin at Wasa. We still look forward to seeing the extended family (including Bob) hopfully coming often. Needless to say we will miss the pleasure of Ruths company. See you soon.
    Take care, Sandy & Bill Wilson

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