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CARDIFF, Ruth Annabell

February 5, 1923 – Vanrena, Alberta
August 29, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Ruth Annabell Cardiff (nee McFarlane) passed away peacefully on August 29, 2018 at the age of 95.

As a young woman Ruth moved from the Peace River country to the big city of Edmonton, AB and started a career with Woodward’s, where she would work for eighteen years moving up through the ranks. In the late 1950’s she met Gerry and wed in 1960. Ruth and Gerry were a great team, in the beginning they worked side by side in the construction camps where Ruth took care of Gerry and their young children as well as managing the camp and keeping the work crews well fed so Gerry could keep his concentration on the work as his crew cleared cut lines and made roads all over northern Alberta. This team work lasted throughout their time together. Ruth’s first love was family, and she had a big one, from her parent’s numerous siblings and their families to her own siblings and their families, to Gerry’s siblings and their families. Ruth was always surrounded by people she loved. There was nothing she enjoyed more than a family reunion, barbeque or potluck, many of which were held at her home where it was not unusual to find twenty to thirty or more relatives enjoying fresh baked goods, cabbage rolls and all the dishes she was famous for. Ruth was a great entertainer and her gatherings were always full of good food, laughter and humor. When not entertaining Ruth loved to travel, and was an avid sports fan, holding Calgary Stampeder season tickets for over forty years and cheering on the Flames in the good times and the bad. Ruth leaves behind a legacy of friendliness, kindness and playfulness that will be missed by the many people she has touched in her life. She was always willing to give a hand, whether canvassing for the heart foundation, giving blood for 30 years, giving to charity, giving people a place to stay or a warm meal. To Ruth a stranger was just a friend she had not yet met.

Ruth will be greatly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Eileen and Ray Puczko; two sons and daughter-in-law, Bill and Patti Cardiff, and Paul Cardiff; as well as her grandchildren, Krysten (Brandon) Schmid, Allyson Puczko, Vanessa Puczko, Tyler (Amanda) Cardiff and Rylee (Jonah) Philips; and her great-grandchildren Tatum and Keagan Cardiff. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and their extended families.

She was predeceased by her husband of thirty-three years, Gerald “Gerry”; her parents, William “Bill” and Ethel McFarlane; two brothers, Robert “Bert”, William “Bill”; and her sister Jean.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., Calgary, AB), on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Graveside Service to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens, (1605 100 St SE, Calgary, AB).

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 1731 29th Street SW Calgary, AB, T3C 1M6, on line at, or by phone 403-410-1112. Condolences may be forwarded through The family would like to thank and offer their appreciation for all the great staff at the Sage Hill Retirement Residence for the care and genuine friendliness they showed our Mother during her stay.

In living memory of Ruth Cardiff, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Hong and Dana Baillie

    Eileen, Bill, and Paul. We are very sorry for your loss. Your mom definitely lived a full and happy life.

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  2. Bert & Loretta O'Hare

    Eileen, Bill and Paul. Your mom was a wonderful, fun loving person. We always loved being a part of your family gatherings! Great food! Great memories ! We will miss her dearly. May you find comfort with the many fun-loving memories and knowing she was loved by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
    Bert & Loretta O’Hare & family

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  3. My sincerest condolences Eileen, Bill & Paul. I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was always full of life, kind hearted with the best sense of humour. I have so many good memories and cherish our summer visits at her home. All the gatherings, being around the dining room table or a barbeque in the back yard…Aunt Ruth always made our visits special. She was loved by many and will truly be missed.

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  4. Lori & Shirley Baxter

    My Sincere condolences. Your mom was a great lady! We met her after she moved into Sage Hill and became my mothers best friend! They joked with each other everyday! My mom is already missing her very much! Our hearts goes out to your family!

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  5. My thoughts are with you all. It was my pleasure to make your mother’s acquaintance! What a gift she was to me and everyone else who knew her. The fun we had with the people we met was truly amazing . Always in my heart. Thanks for the wonderful memories.kisses and hugs.

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  6. Lyla (Faulkner) & Jim Lindsay

    Dear family
    We are so sad to learn of Ruth’s passing and send our deepest sympathy to you all.

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