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Ruth Althea Horley passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born June 22, 1929 in Rainy River, Ont.

Ruth graduated from the Grace Hospital Registered Nursing Program in Winnipeg, Man. As a young nurse, she went into northern Canada and worked for Northern Affairs for many years.

This was about 1950—a time when there were no cellphones and very few roads. Ruth travelled by dog team, canoe and paddle, and by small bush plane to care for the folks who were in the territory she was assigned.

There are few stations in northern Canada that she had not been assigned to at some time or another.

If you could get her to reminisce about times past, she spoke about being weather-bound—by air and land. A person had to travel prepared for all weather.

She is remembered as being a special aunt Ruth.

She is survived by her sister, Faith; sister-in-law, Carole; niece, Cathy; nephews, Chris, Robert, Pete, and William; and many grand-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances in mid-May.

In memoriam donations may be made to La Verendrye General Hospital.

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