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October 2, 2011

With profound sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of our dear beautiful Mom, Ruth Beatrice Nickerson-Esson on Sunday, October 2, 2011.

She was a successful business woman with a strong work ethic who was loved by all who met her. We will dearly miss her kind, sunny disposition, warm smile and treasure our memories of family dinners, singing in the car on Sunday drives and summers at Shuswap. “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”

Ruth is survived by her three daughters, Janice Schmietenknop (Carl), Sue Danard (Don) and Terri Burris (Gord); twelve grandchildren, Carolyn, Craig, David, Nicholas, Andrew, Jason, Bryan, Erin, Chad, Christie, Jeff and Sarah; seven great-grandchildren, Ethan, Sophia, Thomas, Tahlia, Wyatt, Warner and Elliot; brother George; sister Sally; and numerous nieces, nephews and loving friends. She was predeceased by her husbands Ralph Nickerson and Red (Horace) Esson; her newborn baby Virginia; eldest daughter Laurie Hill; brother David; and sister Mary.

A Private Family Service will be held at a later date at Shuswap Lake, BC. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Ruth Nickerson-Esson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. I hope you’re all doing well. My condolences.

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  2. Denise Millar & Wayne Hubman :

    Our condolences to all of you during this difficult time. Remembering Ruth and all the special times and laughs spent together. You are in our prayers.
    Denise, Wayne, Micheline & Jennifer.

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  3. ~ HEATHER {Dalgleish} SCHOLEFIELD :

    ~ Terri, Gord, and family….so sorry to hear about your mother…….having lost our dad in May I know how you are feeling…our thoughts are with you all….sincerely, Heather…~

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  4. Jane Rittenhouse :

    To Aunt Ruth’s family:

    On behalf of my Dad and the rest of our family I wanted to let you know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for telling Dad not to fly out right now. He is upset since your Mom’s passing was so close to my Mom’s and probably wouldn’t do well travelling. Hopefully, if he is able, he will come out for the memorial in the summer.

    I will always remember the twinkle in your Mom’s eyes and how much we loved her even though we did not see her often over the years. She was so wonderful when I stayed with her and she will be sorely missed.

    Love to you all
    Jane, Uncle George, John, Jeff, Joan, Jennifer and all the spouses, kids and grandkids

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  5. John & Jean Berger :

    We were neighbors of Ruth’s when she lived at the farm near Nanton. We were sorry to read of her passing. We have fond memories of her. She often mentioned her family and was very proud of them. Our thoughts are with you.
    John and Jean Berger

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  6. Our hearts are with you all at this sad time. “Gramma Ruth” was such a special lady and always had the most beautiful smile! She always a had a hug for us, no matter how long it had been since seeing her… she will be remembered for all she was and more. Love to you all, Deb, Courtney and Jenelle

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  7. Shelley (Gordon) :

    Sorry to hear about your Mom. I remember her as good humored and kind. Wishing you all the best,


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  8. Terri we are all so sorry to hear you lost your dear Mom. She was such a wonderful combination of intelligence and fun. I always enjoyed seeing her and am so glad I got to know her a bit. Thinking of you a lot and hoping you are ok. Take care.
    John L.

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  9. Wally McMorland :

    Dear Janice, Susan and Terri: I was very saddened to hear of the passing of your wonderful mother. It brought back a lot of memories for me and my brothers. I, too, remember your mother as a warm, kindly person with a great work ethic and caring for her family. I would also like to commend her for her loyalty. I will always be grateful to her for her friendship towards my parents, particularly my mother when her mind and memory were failing. Your mother would still come over to see Mom and take her out for lunch or a coffee, long after other people were understandably not bothering. Way to go, Ruth! I know it has been many years since I saw her or you people last, but it feels like yesterday. She was the best, and will be dearly missed. Regards and condolences to you all … Wally McMorland

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