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October 20, 1935 — June 4, 2022

A Celebration of Life for Ruth will be held on MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2022, at 10:00 AM (PDT), at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. If you wish to attend, Please Click Here to Register.

If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

Surrounded by her family, Ruth went peacefully to be with the Lord on June 4, 2022, at the age of 86.

Ruth is survived by her children Wayne (Angie) and Sandra; nieces Maryanne (Bob) and Barb (Larry); and nephews Jim (Chris) and Terry.  She was “Gramma” to Christopher and Robbie and “Grams” to Pemry and Katie.  She was predeceased by her parents Elva and James; her husband Bob, his son Rob and granddaughter Dylan; and more recently her husband Les; her brothers Hugh (Mary) and Ralph (Babs); and nephews Cal and Ken.

Ruth was born in a farm house in Saskatchewan and slowly migrated west through her life, spending her last years in the Okanagan.  And what a journey it was.  She was a woman of faith, and yet surprisingly liberal.  She was tough and at the same time very generous.  She had strong convictions, wasn’t shy about speaking her mind, and yet was often accepting of other points of view.  She was as complex as the times she lived through, and she was a risk-taker who truly forged her own path through life. She will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Okanagan Valley Gleaners.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2022, at 10:00 AM (PDT)


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Service Information

Service Details

The service for SERVICE INFO UPDATED – YOUNGHUSBAND, Elva “Ruth” is scheduled for MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2022, at 10:00 AM (PDT). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:


2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Wendy Fedyna Szakacs says:

    Sending cyber hugs to you Sandra, Wayne and Angie. You’ll be in my thoughts and heart as you have your moms celebration of life. Take care. 💓. Wendy Fedyna Szakacs

  • Gord Huston says:

    Terry and I were saddened to hear of Ruth’s passing. She was a great friend, fellow christian, c0-worker at Gleaners sharing in that working from inception in 2007. We always considered time shared together with them both as a blessing.

  • Jamie McIntosh (Bullen) says:

    Wishing you the very best in this hard time. May her memory bring you peace and joy- The Bullen/McIntosh Family

  • Liz and John Machin says:

    Dear Sandra. As you are the only member of Ruth’s family that I have met, may we address our condolences to you? We are so saddened to hear of Ruth’s death, so soon after Les’s passing. We have such fond memories of them both. We met in Whitehorse in 2006 when we camped next to each other and discovered that we were brothers and sisters in Christ. What a JOY! They were both so fired up in their passion for The Gleaners. We were so intrigued by it all that we visited Gleaners and became Life Members. We worked at Gleaners ourselves on our visits to Canada and enjoyed wonderful hospitality from Ruth and Les. Our friendship has meant such a lot to us. Unfortunately we have been unable to visit Canada lately due to family matters, Covid and “Age”!! We always hoped to get back again, always with the thought that Ruth and Les would be there! But, time marches on and our Lord has the number of our days. Our comfort, as yours must be, is that they knew and loved the Lord. We can always rely on HIS promises….as he told the believer next to Him on the cross….”today you will be with Me in Paradise” Our thoughts are with you and your family Sandra as you mourn your Mum’s passing. With our love, Liz and John Machin. (South Africa)

  • Carmen Hengeveld says:

    Dear Wayne, Angie, and Sandra, The service for your Mom so lovingly reflected the life she lived. She leaves a very large legacy of kindness, compassion, and true stewardship of people and nature. She was a wonderful friend. Carmen

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