It is with great sadness that the family of Ruby Douglas announces her passing on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
She was born May 7, 1947 and lived in North Branch, Ont. She grew up with her sisters, Marj and Delores, and brother, Brad.
She enjoyed spending time outdoors and cross-country skiing with her father, Thad, as well as learning to craft many things and cook with her mother, Dorothy.
Mom always had an eye for art, and spent much of her life sharing her love and talent with many. For years, mom packed her van up with her supplies and travelled all over the district, teaching classes in paper tole, painting, and many other art forms.
Her craft room today is filled with her works of art and tools of her trade.
Ruby also spent many years working outside the home, with young children as a working professional, at Fort Frances Motor Products, and the Land Registry/Titles office in Fort Frances.
Mom and Dad enjoyed travelling, and were able to enjoy trips to Hawaii, a cruise in the Caribbean, and nearly every U.S. state. Early family years were spent camping, as well as visiting many amusement parks and national parks.
Mom loved history and made sure all her kids learned “something” when they travelled.
In the early 1980s, Mom left her career with the government and had the toughest job of all—raising three children. Mom spent all the time she had with Sheryl, Sean, and Sheila, crafting, going on walks, spending countless hours at “The Point” beach, going on picnics, and visiting Gramma B out in North Branch.
In 1984/85, Dad built a wonderful summer home at Bears Pass and mom took so much pride in decorating, painting, and looking after her beautiful cabin. She always had the “coffee on” for anyone to pop in, and would drop what she was doing to make a meal for any of many friends that would stop by.
Mom and Dad’s house always was spotless as Mom took great pride in her home, and “showing off” all her wonderful artworks she proudly hung all over the house. Mom always was “redecorating” a room to match a new picture she had worked on.
Ruby had a way with people and organizing. For several years, Mom was CRO in several provincial and federal elections. She enjoyed coming back to “work” and learning computer skills she picked up very quickly. Mom really enjoyed her time with Elections Canada.
Mom cherished all of her grandchildren and always called them her “babies.” She always made sure to tell them how special they were and how much she loved them. Brady, Baker, Keely-Shaye, Cameron, and Baylee all loved their Gramma very much.
Over the last several years, Mom’s health challenged her. With her husband, Malcolm, of 46 years by her side, she had many health conditions and took all of them “head on,” and saw it as a battle to win.
She truly fought a fight nobody else could. She was a brave, loving, and caring woman, wife, mom, friend, and neighbour to many.
She will be greatly missed by her husband, Malcolm; children, Sheryl Douglas (Dennis Cook), Sean (Kim) Douglas, and Sheila Douglas; grandchildren, Brady, Baker, and Baylee Douglas, and Keely-Shayee and Cameron Douglas; and stepchildren, Donald Douglas, Carol Garnum, and Sandra Douglas and their families.
She also is survived by her sisters, Marjorie (Wilmer) Stang and Delores (Dudley) Livingston; brother, Bradley (Diane) Brannan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Ruby was predeceased by her parents, Thaddeus and Dorothy Brannan; and son-in-law, Steve Ladsten.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances, with Rev. Barbara Miller officiating.
Interment will take place in the North Branch Cemetery at a later date.
The pallbearers were Allan Douglas, Ed Bogacki, Dwight Stang, Steven Stang, Tony Armstrong, and Todd Brannan.
The honourary pallbearers were Cathy Robinson, Joyce Zub, Karen Pirie, Kathy James, and Noreen Stinson.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Knox United Church Renewal Fund, 340 Church St., Fort Frances, Ont.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com
Ruby left a mark on the people she met in her life, and made the world a better place.
She will be truly missed and remembered forever.