We Remember


March 7, 1954 — August 26, 2019

Our hearts ache as we announce the passing of our lovely mother, Ruth Stewart, on August 26, 2019 at Kelowna Hospice House while surrounded by the love of her family and friends.  Forever the optimist, all of us (including mom) hoped we would have more time together.  We, her family and friends, are thankful for all the blessings large and small we shared over the years; our bonds growing stronger as we worked together to help complete mom’s “bucket list”.  …the fragility of life ever present we managed to do so much and those experiences we shared over the past couple of years are eternal.

She leaves behind a family who will miss her dearly: her son Patrick Stewart; her son Kitson (Jennifer) Stewart and their children Lavender and  Winter; her daughter Llane (Jan) Dobbener and their children Ruby, Ginger, and Hazel; as well as her mother, Edith Ivanicki, and her siblings Dianne Martin, Don Bowins, Bob Bowins; also her 5 nieces and 12 nephews. She is sadly predeceased by her father Perry Bowins.

A private service will be held at a future date once the heat and business of summer has passed. If you wish, a memorial donation may be made to BC Cancer – Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior, www.bccancer.bc.ca, or to a charity of your choice. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.


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  • Heather Adams says:

    I was so sad to read that your beautiful mom Ruth has passed away. Ruth was our awesome leader, the president of the Westbank Participation Preschool when our children were cute little tots. It sounds like she lived her life to the max right to the end. Ruth was a lovely person and I liked her very much. I know she’ll be very missed by her family.

    • Carly Gunn says:

      To Ruth and her beautiful family,
      Thank you Ruth for always being so kind to me. Some of my favorite memories are spending time at your home and camping with the kids. You’ll always be with us in spirit . Much love …Carly Newmarch

  • Newmarch Family says:

    Our thoughts are with your family at this time. Ruth was such a kind and vibrant person, always fun to be around. Her world was her children and grandchildren who she loved to be around all the time. Though her time was way to short, Ruth packed a lot into everything she did. She had a bucket list, now you all can finish it for her and think of her on each adventure as I know she would want you there right along with her. Hugs from all the Newmarch clan, and know we are thinking of you. Jan, Gord, Carly, Kim and Rob

  • Brian & Joanne Stewart says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Ruth was incredibly kind and caring to everyone and she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love Brian & Joanne Stewart

  • Susan Priest says:

    My family knows how much Ruth meant to me. Kristin was lucky enough to have met Ruth on several occasions and, though he never met her, David was truly sorry to hear of her passing. Syd was honoured to have brought some of her dreams true with the building, and installing, of some of the furniture for the mountain retreat legacy she’s left for all her children and grandchildren to enjoy. Wishing your aching hearts peace. Much love from Susan, Syd, David & Kristin

  • Jocelyn Rourke says:

    I got to know Ruth through my sister, Bev Hansen. Ruth was such a kind, thoughtful person. She was lovely inside and out and lived her life with grace and humor. I know she will be very much missed by her family and friends.

  • Barb Carpenter says:

    I was so sad to hear of Ruth’s passing. She was an amazing woman and her kids and grandkids were such a huge part of her life. She was looking forward to spending the summer with all of you. I hope you managed to make lots of memories this summer. Cherish all of the memories, old and new. She will be with you always. She had such a positive outlook on life. She fought a courageous battle and will be missed by all who knew her.

  • Al & Astrid Kleinfelder says:

    We are so saddened to hear of Ruth’s passing. Such a beautiful, caring and genuine person. Our most sincere condolences from the Kleinfelder family.

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