Ruth Elspy Clark (Colburn)

Passed away peacefully on December 23, 2015 at the Comox Valley Seniors Residence in Courtenay B.C. at the age of 96 years.

She is survived by her nephews, James Parker (Audrey) of St. Catharines; Joseph Wright (Carol) of Gambier Island; Jay Colburn (Val) of Calgary, and Mark Clark of Kamloops; and nieces, Joanne Harburn (Keith) of Toronto and Carol Ladd of Winnipeg; and nephew-in-law, Bob Scace (Amber) of Calgary. She is also survived by numerous great, and great-great, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Art; her sisters Doris and Helen; her brother Robert; and her niece Margaret.

Ruth was born on April 15, 1919 in Oxford, Nova Scotia and grew up in Three Hills, Alberta. Ruth graduated with her R.N. from the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta in 1943 and worked at the Vancouver General Hospital in Labor and Delivery. Ruth married Arthur Clark in 1951 in Vancouver. They resided there until they moved to Vancouver Island-Bates Beach in 1971. She then worked in a medical clinic in Courtenay until her retirement.

Ruth and Art loved to fish and living near the beach. She took great pride in her nieces and nephews. One of her fondest memories was a train trip across Canada to visit with each of them. Her greatest love was for her dogs Missy and Cosmo.

In 2006, Ruth moved into the Berwick Retirement Residence where she was loved by everyone. She loved to knit and was frequently helping others in the building. For the past 16 months she has been residing at the Comox Valley Seniors Residence. She is known for her kind, loving nature and was thus, blessed with many visitors.

We would like to send special thanks to her dear friends Lynne Wellard and John and Wendy Waterman for their devoted friendship and assistance over the years.

Cremation has already taken place. A memorial service will be held Saturday February 6 2016 at 3pm at the Berwick Retirement Village, 1700 Comox Ave, Comox. Interment will take place at a later date in Three Hills, Alberta.


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