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Farran (nee Ardern), Ruth Harvie

Ruth Harvie Farran, beloved wife of Mr. Roy Farran of Calgary, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2005 at the age of 78 years.

Ruth was born on January 12, 1927 in Calgary and married Roy Farran in 1950. Ruth went to school in both the UK and Toronto and then returned to Calgary in 1950, having met and married Roy in London. She was a very spiritual person, a talented artist and was a passionate gardener. Ruth and Roy lived and enjoyed their many years on their spectacular Millarville farm property. Ruth’s “spiritual” retreat was her home on the rugged west Vancouver Island coast, where she had many friends and relished her time spent by the ocean. Ruth’s wit and keen sense of humour will be long remembered by all whose lives she touched. She was a kind and generous person whose charity was felt by many. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, was always there for her family, and welcomed many into her fold.

Besides her loving husband Roy, Ruth is survived by her four children and their spouses, Sally Gregg and Tim of Millarville, AB, Peter Farran and Wanda of Calgary, Terry Emery of Canby, OR, and David Farran and Margaret of Calgary; as well as her grandchildren, Christopher and Sean Gregg, Allyson Farran, Meaghan and Kristy Emery, and Leigh and Tom Farran. Ruth is also survived by her sister Joan Whitley of Toronto, ON. She was predeceased by her parents and her sister Mary Kingsford.

Special thanks to Donna Dolan, Joan Tetrault and Wendy Kam for their compassionate care and friendship.

A memorial gathering of friends will be hosted by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Salvation Army [420 9th Avenue SW,] or the Leighton Art Foundation [Box 9 Site 31 Calgary T2V 2T9]

In living memory of Ruth Farran, 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. Linda Goodkey :

    Peter, Sally, Terry and Bean,
    I was just thinking about your parents and decided to look up them on google. I did meet your dad at a Dressage show just before he passed and was able to talk with him and thank him for the years i knew and rode with your family. I think that he was pleased to see that I still ride. I can never repay those years your family gave me the opportunity to follow my passion.

    Over the years I have much to thank your mother for as she was like a second mom to me. I will never forget the evenings that we sat on the porch watch the lightning over the mountains, the grape juice she gave us after a hard ride. My first experience with black olives (that I thought were black cherries) as she frequently had those as a snack for us. I regret that I did not keep up with them but hope that she can hear my heart now.

    Those summers are a treasure I have forever.

    Terry – thank you for those summers as well. Your friendship during that time is valued as well.

    I lost my mom shortly after you lost yours so I know that the pain and missing them never really goes away – all you can do is remember them with love.

    My love to you all and thank you for the memories I treasure.

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