December 12, 1921 – November 10 , 2012
It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Ruby on Saturday November the 10th at the age of 90 years.
Ruby was born in Lemsford, Saskatchewan, where she met and married Laurie. They ran a dairy business, delved in farming and Ruby taught school. After a short stint in Vancouver, she moved to Calgary with Laurie in the early 50’s where she taught elementary school for many years with the Calgary Public School Board. She was principle of Patrick Airlie and ended her career teaching at Maple Ridge elementary. She treated her students as her children and had many fond memories of her years teaching them. She was thought of as “Mom” to many of Howie’s friends and schoolmates supplying them with home cooked meals and often cleaning services. Once retired, she and Laurie spent many winters down in Mesa Arizona and summers traveling and camping in their motorhome with their many friends and relatives. They especially enjoyed their times at Mara Lake where they taught many young boys and girls how to ski. Ruby loved to play cards, lawn darts and bocce and especially loved to spend time with her only grandson camping, fishing, boating and taking in the Calgary Stampede.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Laurie Gillis, son Howie Gillis, daughter-in-law Judy Gillis, grandson Cody Gillis and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters, Velma, Blanche, Beatrice, Olive, Violet, Jean, and her brother Norman.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimers Society or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Ruby Gillis, 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)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences