On Tuesday, May 31, 2011, a fine and outstanding lady, M. Ruth McHarg, passed away at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with her caregivers, Morris (Moe) and Joyce Henry, by her side.
Ruth was born in Taber, Alta. on Sept. 23, 1918 to Charles and Maggie Ann (Robb) McHarg.
The family moved to Rainy River District shortly after, settling in Stratton, Ont. and then moving to Fort Frances.
During the war, Ruth worked for a short time in a machine gun factory in Windsor, Ont. After returning to Fort Frances, she became a telephone operator with the Town of Fort Frances and then Bell Canada, retiring on Sept. 29, 1978.
She also was an avid traveller, making journeys with her friends to Europe and all parts of Canada and the United States.
Ruth was a devout member of Knox United Church in Fort Frances, and served in the choir for many years. She still was singing like a bird in the sing-alongs at Rainycrest, where she resided since mid-March.
She enjoyed the Border Concerts that she attended with her friends. She also was a member of the Rebekah Lodge.
Ruth was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Maggie Ann McHarg; a sister, Elsie (Orville) Arthurs; and brothers, Victor, Keith, and Gordon and his wife, Betty.
Gordon passed away in International Falls, Mn. on July 31, 2010 and Ruth missed him dearly.
She is survived by a special niece, Linda and her husband, Neil Lepper, of Vancouver, Wash. There are also many other nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place.
As per Ruth’s wishes, her final arrangements did not include a funeral.
A private inurnment will take place at a later date.
In memoriam donations may be made to Knox United Church in Fort Frances or a charity of your choice.
To know her was to love her
Both as family and friend
And the sweetness of her memory
Time can neither dim nor end.