August 3, 1944 – July 15, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the sudden passing of our beautiful mother Ruthann on July 15th in Williams Lake.
Ruthann was born and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario, the daughter of Phil and Ruth Merritt and sister to Don. She is predeceased by both her parents, and brother, as well as her granddaughter Evangelina.
Ruthann married Mel Waite/ Tate at 18 years old and soon after started a family. They raised 3 children; Melody (Bill), Karen (Glenn) and Phil.
Mel’s military career took the family many places. His first posting of many was in Comox, BC. Twenty- five years later the family returned back here. The family was fortunate to have a 4-year posting in Lahr, Germany.
Ruthann was well-loved and always had a large circle of close long- time friends. She loved to spend her time embroidering and would spend months perfecting each picture. She would spread happiness by decorating birthday cakes for everyone.
Her loving legacy will live on through her 14 grandchildren and 9 great- grandchildren: Christopher Hatfield, Nicholas, Asia, and Tyson Waite. Courtney (Chris) and 5 children, April (Matt) and 4 children, Nicole, Mercedes, Savannah, Houston, Harmony, Lincoln, Phoenix, and Preston Sigsworth.
Mom, you mean so much more than words can say.
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