Ruth Frances Pickles
16 December , 1927 – 5 May , 2019
Ruth Frances Pickles Sydney
We, the family of Ruth Frances Pickles, sadly announce her passing on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the Northside General Hospital.
She was the daughter of the late Edward and Barbara Ellen Leonard and the last surviving member of her family having been predeceased by sister Elizabeth Flynn and brothers Edward, James and Joseph.
Ruth was a member of St. Theresa’s Parish where she was the Akela for the cub pack for several years. She also enjoyed her time spent volunteering at the Time Out program at First United Church. Ruth was a very strong person who enjoyed skating, skiing, yoga, camping at Ingonish and walking Dominion beach. She was an avid golfer and especially proud of being a member of the ‘Hole In One’ group at Lingan Golf Club. She was a wonderful homemaker, excelling at knitting, sewing, gardening and flaky pie crusts. Ruth ventured outside her home to work at General Instruments, the Cape Breton Hospital and Woolco.
She is survived by Walter, her loving husband for 71 years. Also surviving are daughters Sandra (David) Gabriel, Sydney; Beverlee (Gordon) Stermann, Canmore Alta.; and Nancy (Paul) Heighton, New Glasgow. Ruth was the cherished grandmother of Geoffrey, Ruth (Adam) Shore and Emily Gabriel; Jennifer (Dino) Senn and Lindsey (Blake) Robson, Laura, David and Colin Heighton. She was also the proud great grandmother of Ryelyn, Tristan, Jude, Chasen and Edgely.
Visitation will take place at T.W.Curry Parkview Chapel on Friday, May 10 from 1 – 2 pm followed by a chapel service at 2 pm with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Reception to follow.
The family would like to thank the VON; the staff at Miners Memorial Manor; ER staff at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital; medical staff at the ER and 4th floor at the Northside General Hospital and Ruth’s caregiver and friend Veronica Jessome; you are all angels.
Donations in memory may be made to VON, Hospice Palliative Care or a charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.twcurry.com
- Walter Pickles, Husband
- Edward Leonard, Father
- Barbara Ellen Leonard, Mother
- Sandra (David) Gabriel, Daughter
- Beverlee (Gordon) Stermann, Daughter
- Nancy (Paul) Heighton, Daughter
- Geoffrey, Ruth (Adam) Shore, Grandchildren
- Emily Gabriel, Grandchild
- Jennifer (Dino) Senn and Lindsey (Blake) Robson, Grandchildren
- Laura, David, and Colin Heighton, Grandchildren
- Ryelyn, Tristan, Jude, Chasen and Edgely, Great Grandchildren
- Elizabeth Flynn, Sister
- Edward, James and Joseph, Brothers
- Visitation Friday, 10 May , 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, 10 May , 2019
Ruth Frances Pickles
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Chuck & Pat Drohan
9 May 2019
Sandra and Family,
We were saddened to read of your mother's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
8 May 2019
I am very very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Hugs and prayers coming your way.
8 May 2019
Dear Nancy and family,
I am so sorry for your loss and feel so badly for your Dad. You always spoke of your Mom and Dad with such pride and love, sharing stories of your summers camping in beautiful Ingonish, and their devotion to their family and one another .
Hoping your memories of her help you through this difficult time and may you celebrate a life well lived!
Thinking of you and sending my biggest of hugs,