Obituary of Ruth Ramsey
Ruth was born a Valentine to Johanna and Robert Johnston on February 14, 1919. The youngest of eight surviving siblings who, along with her parents, have predeceased her. She was also predeceased by her husband of sixty-four years, Oris Ramsey.
Surrounded by her loving family, she peacefully passed on July 19, 2018, at the age of 99 years and leaves to mourn two daughters Linda Ramsey, and Karen Ramsey (Garry Cameron). She leaves a legacy in her five grandchildren Bruce Cunningham (Kelly), Kevin Cunningham (Andrea DeVos), Christine Cunningham, Jodi Phillips, Candace Phillips; along with four great-grandchildren Brittney Juell (Matt Giese), Shaelyn Cunningham (Ben Garry), Briana MacDonald, Jayman Phillps; and her special gift of a great-great-granddaughter Savannah Garry; as well as many nieces, nephews and close friends.
Anyone who met her carried a special place in their heart for her. surrogate “Mom”, Grandma” and “Auntie” to many. Ruth lived 88 years in New Norway where she was a pillar of the community and her church. She was honoured by both for a life time of service. The remainder of her life was spent in Camrose.
Ruth married Oris Ramsey 1939 and as most knew Oris as well, know that they had a ball. Both were hard working and hard playing, always kids at heart. Ruth was the glue that held her family together as best she could. Her cooking and baking, which she loved to do, was second to none and no one missed a meal she prepared. Always making someone’s favourite each time they would visit. She loved her family so much.
The dinners at the Community Hall graced by her contributions would find people getting their dessert first so they had a chance to get Ruth’s bread pudding. If she made the dressing they would take an extra scoop. Gravy!! She was always the designated gravy maker.
Ruth worked hard from a very early age in several capacities. She really never stopped working until she was unable to. Her zest for life was amazing. Curling, golfing, dancing, circus rides, snowmobiling, you name it, she was always full of fun. Ruth was held back from parasailing at the age of 93. She was always up for anything. Cribbage occupied a lot of her time with friends in her later years.
Ruth was talented in many ways. She loved knitting and made newborn sweater sets for each and every one of her grandchildren. Dozens of sweaters and in later years she made hundreds of dish cloths. Her amazing cooking and baking was always a treat. She made mounds of lefse every year. A huge variety of goodies were baked for the Christmas seasons. She would ensure packages of her goodies were shared with her neighbours, friends and relatives during the holidays. She was an amazing woman. Dynamic, loving, timeless, zany, regal, ever giving, non-judgmental, cherished, great hugs, open door, smiles and sense of humour, great dancer, great friend, and most of all the best mother and grandmother. She will never be forgotten and will be in our hearts forever.
Rest in Peace beautiful Ruth.
A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2018, from the Camrose United Church with Rev. Mary Ann Pastuck officiating. Inurnment has taken place in the New Norway Cemetery.
If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions are gratefully accepted to the charity of one's choice.