The family of Ruth Lavinnia Anderson are sad to announce her passing, at 90 years of age, on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.
Ruth was born Sept. 4, 1921 in Fort Frances to Arthur (Ted) and Lavinnia (Gadd) Sexton.
She was united in marriage on July 17, 1946 to Carl William Anderson.
Ruth is survived by daughters, Elaine (Jack) Allen of Fort Frances, Ont. and Kathleen (John) Frost of Clinton, B.C.; grandsons, Jeff (Laurel) Allen, Clarke (Jennifer Baker) Allen, and Steven Frost; granddaughter, Sarah Frost; and great-grandsons, Kendrick and Randall Allen.
She also is survived by her brother, Arthur Sexton of Courtenay B.C. and sister, Agnes Vera LaRocque of Fort Frances, Ont.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Carl in April, 1975; son, David in June, 1969; sisters, Clarissa (Floyd) Lindquist and Jessie (Jack) Fulton; brother, Fred; brother-in-law, Lawrence (Larry) LaRocque; and sister-in-law, Olga Sexton.
Ruth also was predeceased by Carl’s family, including his parents, Abel and Lovisa (Carlson); stepmother, Anna (Olson); and his siblings, Verna Richardson, Ann Irving, Wilfred Baker, Axel (Ivah) Anderson, Katherine (Edmond) Mudge, Helen Anderson, Emma (Glen) Anderson, and Thomas (Ada) Anderson.
 Ruth was a very independent person, leaving home at the age of 18 to find employment in eastern Ontario during the Depression and subsequent war years. She worked at many various jobs in St. Catharines and Hamilton before returning to Fort Frances to work as a telephone operator in the old town hall.
In those years, married women were not allowed to work and Ruth was content to raise her family. When Carl retired from the Ontario Minnesota Pulp and Paper Co., Ruth went to work at Stedman’s and later re-trained to work as a secretary for Knox United Church.
Ruth loved to play games of all types and was very competitive. In her younger years, she loved to bowl and play baseball. Housework always was second to any type of games. She spent many a Sunday afternoon playing board games with her children and the neighbourhood kids.
She also could be found in the back yard playing baseball and volleyball. If you were a friend of her children, you always were welcome to come and play.
Ruth was a member of the Sister Kenney Centre and enjoyed all of its activities, especially bridge and the Senior Games. Ruth also had many memories of tours taken in Canada, the United States, England, and Ireland.
She enjoyed crossword puzzles (she and dad wore out the pages of many crossword puzzle dictionaries). And as an avid reader, Ruth continued to read until shortly before her death.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances. Rev. Barbara Miller officiated, with interment in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
The pallbearers were Jack Allen, Jeff Allen, Clarke Allen, Len LaRocque, John (Wally) Fulton, and Vivian Smith.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Rainycrest Long-Term Care Activation Department, Fort Frances Friends of the Library, or Knox United Church c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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