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THOMPSON, Ruth Helen

December 17, 1933 — October 4, 2023

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Ruth Thompson.

Ruth was born in Vancouver, B.C where she spent her years being involved in and serving many groups and organizations including, Cub Scout leader, Correctional facilities maiden, But mostly in the armed forces as MWO in the Seaforth highlanders Army, 15th field and Jericho, plus the personal chauffeur for the lieutenant governor of B.C. she was one of the top marksman in shooting .she also loved coaching baseball before moving to the interior settling in Kelowna where she joined Search and Rescue and dedicated many years with the organization. Ruth was an avid sports fan, she loved the outdoors and found camping & fishing to be one of her favourite pastimes.

Ruth was predeceased by her two sons Robert Anthony Thompson & Michael Allan Thompson; her father Reginald Ferdinand Hussey; mother Mary Nisbet Hussey; brother Ronald Allan Hussey; and sister Marlene Alice Evans. She is survived by her two daughters Patricia Ann Robinson & Lori Lynn Thompson; granddaughter Kelly Thompson; along with many nieces & nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date for friends, family, and acquaintances to attend, as Ruth wished for a BBQ gathering.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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  • Wendy Holling says:

    So sorry to read of your Mom’s passing Pat, but she lived a good, long, life. She always enjoyed what she could. Sad that we reconnect through obituaries, but I hope to see you at her celebration of life. It’s been a long time since the old dart leagues, but they were Gary’s favourite nights of the week.
    Take care,
    Wendy Holling

  • Mary Stadnyk says:

    RIP Grandma you will be dearly missed
    Love you forever ♥️♥️

  • Tara-Lee Calhoun says:

    Dave and I spent many years working along side Ruth with the Kelowna Search and Rescue. It is due to all her hard work and ability to get government grants that the volunteer group received so much of their equipment and thrived under her leadership. Everyone called her mom as she truly took care of everyone. Know that Ruth holds a special spot in our hearts, as she was a truly caring person.

  • Astrid Kneipp says:

    I knew Ruth for close to 20 years. She and I became best friends through search and rescue. I always admired her for her honesty, integrity and her tough as nails demeanour. But, under that facade beat a heart of gold. We spent many hours together on numerous SAR tasks and it was here that I had the privilege of gaining the friendship of such a unique and special person. You will be missed.
    Astrid Kneipp

  • Gerry Guiltenane says:

    Pat , Lori and Families- very saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. Spent many hours working with her in the Command Post on Search and Rescue call outs. I appreciated her knowledge and her ability to keep things organzied and on track.! No matter what time of day the calls came in or the miserable weather that was occuring we could count on Ruth to make sure the SAR members, RCMP and volunteers were cared for. The best part was that she always brought home made cookies to sustain the Troops!
    May she rest in peace.

  • Shauna Quigley says:

    Just learned of her passing. Although it has been many years since we saw eachother she holds a special place in my heart. Knew her from SAR. Rest in peace Ruth❤

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