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ROACH – Ruth Evelyn (nee Tice)

April 4, 1932 – May 16, 2010

It is with great sadness that we announce that Ruth Roach, beloved wife of Matthew Roach Sr. of Calgary, at the age of 78, passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer. Ruth’s quiet strength, kind soul, ready laugh and unconditional love touched many.

Besides her loving husband of fifty-nine years, Ruth is survived by seven children, Mary Desjardins, Linda Thomas, Sharon Page, Sheila Schmidt, Matthew Roach Jr. (Joanne), Debbie Orr (Leslie), John Roach (Suzanne); twenty grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren with one on the way, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Roy Tice, mother Mary Tice, sister Emma Atkinson, brother Robert Tice and grandson Matthew Roach III.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, #130, 6001 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 266-5295, or directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email

In living memory of Ruth Roach, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. matthew roach :

    Rod and I along with mom and our famillies want you to know that our prayers and our thoughts are with all of you at this very trying time in your lives. Be strong Uncle Mat. I know you will make it through this, because you will all pull togeter as a loving familly . We love you and share your grief. God be with you all at this your time of need.

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  2. Deanna Wrate and Tanner :

    Uncle Matt, I am so sorry for your loss. We are saying lots of prayers for you and the family. Please send my love to everybody.

    I am sorry I will not be at the funeral, physically. I will be there in Spirit! You are in my heart always.
    Love Deanna

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  3. Teresa Wood :

    Hugs and Love to you all. You can’t help but have warmth in your heart when you think of Auntie Ruth. What a great lady, who always made me feel so important and loved. You all have a treasure chest of memories that will keep her legacy going! And your Angel on Earth will now be taking care of you from above and without pain.

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  4. Rob & Nicki Roach :

    Matt and family, we are so sorry that we are unable to make Ruth’s services.
    Please accept our sincere condolences and we are so very happy we had such a nice visit a few weeks ago.
    Our prayers and sympathy to the whole family.
    Love Rob and Nicki

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  5. To Sheila and family,
    May you see God’s light on the path ahead
    When the road you walk is dark.
    May you always hear,
    Even in your hour of sorrow,
    The gentle singing of the lark.
    When times are hard may hardness
    Never turn your heart to stone,
    May you always remember
    When the shadows fall-
    You do not walk alone.

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  6. Sonny and Debbie Olasker :

    Matthew and Joanne:

    So sorry to hear about your loss and our thoughts are with you. Always remember you have the memories and that is what will get you through this difficult time.

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