Ruth Helena Grant

Sharp and witty to her final days, much-loved family matriarch Ruth Helena (David) Grant passed away peacefully in her 99th year on Tuesday May 12, 2015 at the Woodgrove Care Facility in Nanaimo, B.C, eleven days after leaving Comox, B.C. She looked forward to rejoining her loving husband Thomas, who predeceased her in 1982. Ruth was the oldest and last surviving of six children of Edward David and Cecelia (Ferguson) David, and took pride in her early 1600s Quebec heritage and 1800s Irish Canadian heritage. Born on October 19, 1916 in Carruthers, Saskatchewan, Ruth graduated from High School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and then finished at the top of her class at Nursing School in Edmonton, Alberta. Ruth and Tom married during WWII, and settled in Edmonton. Seven boys and then two girls later, they left the Prairies and moved to Nanaimo, B.C. in 1969, and to Comox in 1970. Ruth was a proud, caring and professional RN throughout her career, which culminated as a Supervisor at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox. Ruth was also predeceased by her siblings Russell (1918), Robert, Marguerite, Gordon and Dorothy; and by her third son Doug in 2013. She is survived by her children Dick, David (Nicole), Tom (Holly), Robert (Marilee), Robin, Don (Lisa), and Carolyn (Gary) of Comox and Nanaimo, and Margaret (Mike) of Grand Forks; daughter-in-law Linda (Doug’s wife) of Courtenay, B.C.; twenty-eight grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren; and extended family and friends. Special thanks to Dr. David Brailey and Dr. Carol Ostry for their care of our Mom. Flowers gratefully declined, and donations to the Parkinson’s Society gratefully accepted. Service to be held on Saturday, June 20th, 2015 1:30pm at 3337 Crown Isle Drive, Courtenay.


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