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NORRIE, Ruby May

May 9, 1936 – East Angus, Compton, Quebec
June 15, 2018 – Bragg Creek Alberta

On Friday, June 15, 2018, Ruby Norrie after a brief illness passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 82 years.

Ruby May (Jackson) Norrie was born at home in East Angus, Quebec on May 9, 1936. She was the eldest of eight children born to Denis Jackson and Mabel Goddard. In 1942 the family moved to BC where Ruby graduated from Creston Valley High School in 1954.

After graduation Ruby enlisted in the RCAF and where she trained as a Medical Assistant graduating with Honors. A posting in 1956 took her to Cold Lake, then to #2 Fighter Wing in Grostenquin, France where she met her future husband Donald M. Norrie in March 1957. Shortly thereafter Ruby resigned from the Airforce to focus on life’s most important role of raising a family, which she did superbly. For the next thirty-five years Ruby accompanied her family on postings to Cold Lake, Calgary, LaMacaza, Ottawa, Victoria, and eventually retiring in Bragg Creek.

Ruby had many interests, none greater than time spent with family. A close second was her interest in donating her time and energy back to the community with the Sunday schools, Ladies Guilds, Cubs and Scouts, Girl Guides to name a few. Ruby’s legacy will be in many forms but a standout was her ability to produce award winning quilts and knitting projects which she regularly donated to worthy causes. During the lean years she made nearly all of the family’s clothes at night after the family had gone to bed. She was an excellent cook, and took many courses to learn the fine art of gourmet cooking.

One of Ruby’s commendable attributes was her love for her fellow man. She accepted people for what they were – never judgemental.

Ruby will be forever remembered by her husband and best friend Donald; and their three precious children, Gordon (Susan), Brian (Kathy) and Susan (Mark); her eight grandchildren, Brett, Malcolm, Ruby, Nick, Molly, Mack, Christian, Ashleigh; and her two great grandchildren Isla and Eva. Ruby will also be forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Never forgotten, but forever remembered

Cremation will be followed by a private family celebration of life. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Cochrane Humane Society, 62 Griffin Industrial Pointe, Cochrane, AB, T4C 0A3, Telephone: (403) 932-2072, Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Ruby May Norrie, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE, AB T4C 2E2,   Telephone: 403-932-4740.

  1. Deepest condolences to Donald and the entire Norrie family. Thinking of you all – Jane Benson

  2. Nancy Griffith

    I am sorry to hear of Ruby’s passing. She was such a lovely lady and seemed to be kind and fun loving. My condolences to all of her family who have lost their wife, mother mother-in-law and grandmother. She will be missed.

  3. Leslie Norrie

    I always saw Auntie Ruby as an absolutely beautiful lady. Always conducted herself with dignity and never had anything but kindness for others.

  4. Jean Robinson

    I have great memories of Ruby and Don when they were both “young things”. I felt honoured to be one of the wedding party. It was very easy to look up to Ruby and learn many things from her. I admired her “stick with it” attitude which resulted in her many beautiful hand-made creations. Besides being beautiful, she was smart, fun to be with and easy to talk to and on top of all that, a great cook. Ruby, it was good to know you. You did much to make your family and friends proud of you. You’ll be sadly missed and never forgotten.

  5. Barbara Merrick

    A wonderful lady and long time friend.

  6. I am so very sorry to hear that Ruby has passed on. She was one of my all-time favourite people. I will miss her dearly, and I’ll think of how generous and kind-hearted she always was. I’ll think of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and what a legacy of love and generosity she has left for so many to inherit.

  7. When I thought of Ruby the word Lady always came to me first. The world was a better place because of people like her. I will think of her and always smile, because of the kindness she always showed me.

  8. Terry Brannigan

    This is such a loss to the family and the community. I only visited Ruby once at her home but was truly inspired by her many quilts. Her signature Maple Leaf square inspired me to add a similar square to one of my recent quilts. I will continue to add them and always think of Ruby.

  9. Catherine and David Dunay

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Don and the rest of the family. We’re sorry to hear of Ruby’s passing. She was such a kind and thoughtful person. We will remember her fondly. Our boys feel honoured to have been the recipients of welcome to the world baby quilts, hand-knit toques, custom sewn pillowcases and anonymous popcorn balls we would find hanging on our front door : ) What a blessing to have been friends and neighbors with you. Thank you for sharing your warm heart with us.

  10. Betty Ashworth

    Ross and I extend our condolences to Donald, Susan and Mark and family. As neighbours, we often saw Ruby out for a walk with her dog and she always had a smile and a friendly hello. We remember her when she and Don lived in Redwood Meadows and loved chatting with her then. She will be sadly missed by her neighbours.

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