September 1, 1946 – Calgary, Alberta
December 11, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta
Ruth MacLaughlin of Calgary passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the age of 68 years.
Ruth was a vibrant person, full of fun, love, and laughter.
She was always the mother who went on all the rides at Stampede with the kids, bought ice cream on hot summers days and made sure all the kids had Halloween costumes. Neighbours and friends always felt welcome and there was always coffee in the pot.
Ruth was an amazing baker, and enjoyed baking everyone’s favorite treats. At school bake sales, teachers and parents alike would pull her daughter aside to ask what Ruth had baked, and it always sold out first. When her daughter was a teenager working at Calgary Pick Your Part, Ruth often brought in cookies for the staff. She made numerous wedding cakes for her family and friends and later made cakes for her children and their friends’ weddings.
Ruth will be remembered as a beautiful, tough, athletic girl, who ran off to Nova Scotia to join the Navy and then marry a handsome sailor, with whom she spent a lifetime. When her daughter Bonnie was young, Ruth had a day home, and later took a job as a clerk at the Met.
Ruth’s other daughter Debbie moved in when she was 15 years old and quickly became family. Ruth was thrilled to have someone in the family who loved Christmas decorations as much as she did.
Despite having a degenerative neurological condition that slowly robbed her of her ability to walk, talk, hold a spoon or do the basics in her last few years she did her best to enjoy life anyway she could. While living in Vancouver, she enjoyed time with her granddaughters at Science World, the mall or Granville Island. She, along with her daughter Bonnie and family returned to Calgary this past fall in order to be close to family and friends. While Ruth enjoyed living in Nanaimo and Vancouver, she always considered Calgary to be home.
Ruth is survived by two daughters Bonnie (Kris Gordos) and Debbie Sheppard (Phil); four grandchildren, Indianna and Marley Gordos, Doug and Joey Gardner. She is also survived by her brother Bob Middlemiss and many close cousins. Ruth was predeceased by her husband Bob (2012) and her daughter Linda (1971).
A Mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go
A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. with reception at the Pig & Duke Pub 1312 12 Avenue S.W. to follow. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to say a special thank you to the South Health Campus and Southwood Intercare for all their support during this difficult time.
In living memory of Ruth MacLaughlin, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences