With great sadness, the family of Ruby Isobel Rodonets (ne Thomas) surrounded her hospital bed December 21st as she unexpectedly but peacefully passed away. Ruby was born July 28, 1929 in Fort William (Thunder Bay) Ontario. As a young girl, she moved with her family to Port Alberni where she attended school. She worked at Woodwards until she married Mike, the love of her life, in 1949. They moved to Cumberland where they raised their family and lived happily among many friends.
Ruby was always active in her community and took pride in her volunteering. In early years, she was a Sunday School Mother and treasurer. She filled her social calendar with the OAP group, where she was the Sunshine Lady on the executive committee; as a well-liked volunteer for the residents at the Cumberland Lodge; the Ukrainian Club, and many more.
Ruby enjoyed her Friday morning bowling league, swimming, cross country skiing and snowshoeing with her children and grandchildren. She was an avid scrabble player and always enjoyed meeting with friends for coffee and a game of cards, sticks or bingo. Ruby was an adventurous traveler and looked forward to visiting family, friends and new places.
Predecease by Mike in 1993 and grandson Stephen in 2001, Ruby will be greatly missed by her four children: Brian (Jan), from Maine and Nanaimo, Brenda (Gordy) from Victoria, Karen from Victoria, and Ken who resided with Ruby in Cumberland. Her grandchildren: Wendy, Jim, Devon and Courtenay, have many years of fun memories to treasure and will greatly miss the visits and phone calls from Nan. She was the proud great-grandmother of young Taylor in Victoria.
Ruby also leaves her sisters Audrey (Jim) Bassani of Edmonton and Mary (Hugh) Thomas of Washington state and their families.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the foundation of your choice in Ruby’s memory.
Ruby’s family invites her friends to share stories and memories at the Old Age Pensioner’s Hall in Cumberland on Wednesday December 29th from 1 – 4 pm.