Ruth Aileen Russell

29 September, 193330 April, 2021

Ruth passed away peacefully with family by her side on April 30, 2021 after a short illness. She was the only child of Sara and Samuel Russell. She is fondly remembered by her cousins, and brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world.

Ruth was head librarian at David and Mary Thomson Collegiate from 1961-1993. She was a staff advisor to the Inter School Christian Fellowship there. During her retirement she combined her librarian skills and her faith, volunteering throughout the world including The Black Forest Academy in Germany and most recently in Hungary.

Ruth will be remembered for her love of the Lord Jesus, participation in missions at home and abroad, working with international students, personal evangelism, and Bible studies . She loved spending time at her cottage on Sturgeon Lake where she welcomed family and friends.

A private funeral service will be held at Giffen-Mack Funeral Home, Danforth Chapel , followed by burial. Livestreaming of the funeral service will be available for family and friends on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 11:30 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth’s memory to Scripture Union Canada or Literacy Evangelism International -Canada ( LEI).



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Diane Johnston

5 May 2021

Miss Russell's kindness knew no bounds. I first met her 40 years ago at Thomson Collegiate and she became my first boss as I worked in the library with her. I've maintained contact ever since and my last email exchanged with her was on January 21 this year. I'm deeply saddened at the news that the world has lost such a bright and influential person. I will always remember her love for helping others and teaching people how to enhance their light by getting closer to God through Jesus. She has been a beacon of light for so many and my heart goes out to her family at this time. May you reflect on how many people have been blessed to know her, including yourselves and how lucky we all were to have had her in our lives in one way or another. She will be dearly missed. My deepest condolences to you as you are about to attend her funeral and say good-bye. Many of us will be with you virtually linking to the service offered by the funeral home.

Karen Perrott

5 May 2021

Ruth was a valued member of our family. She was a cousin, who always kept in touch with us. and showed interest in our family. She was a prayer warrior who prayed faithfully for us all. She was very hospitable and loved to invite us annually to her cottage, where we would share a meal, and a swim and hear about her opportunities of the past year. Jesus, Bible study and evangelism were her passions. We will miss her her lovely smiling face and herkindness, and love.

Anna Kaszásné Becsei

5 May 2021

Ruth was such a great servant of the Lord, and so passionate for Scripture Union ministries, for Hungarian children and students alike. 
I cannot tell exactly when I met Ruth first, it had to be at a MEKDSZ (Intervarsity Hungary) event, but I remember it struck me how zealous she was in sharing the gospel and concerned about teaching how to minister to others. A very kind, elderly woman with a big heart and gentle smile. ALWAYS :-)
Later on we met on the board at SU Hungary and used to sit next to each other. Besides taking an active part at the meeting, Ruth always asked about how we were, and she meant it. It didn't matter how long before we had met, she would remember what issues we had been praying for, and was interested in how things turned out in our personal lives. It always meant a lot to me, and it is hard to learn that it won't happen again.
Hereby I send my condolences to her friends and family in Canada, may the Lord give you peace in your mourning.

Cindy Westacott

5 May 2021

I first met Ruth in the library when I was a student at Thomson Collegiate and attended the ISCF group there. It has been a joy to keep in touch with Ruth by email all these years as we exchanged ministry updates and also personal messages. Ruth's love for the Lord, zeal to spread the gospel and passion for youth were inspiring examples!
Ruth's life reminds me of verses 4, 6 and 7 of Psalm 78:
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.

This faithful servant of God will be missed!

Jackie Hassefras

5 May 2021

I met Ruth when I was a student at David and Mary Thompson Collegiate. Never has my life been more impacted by a person. She guided me spiritually, morally and with deep tenderness. She inspired me to go on to library school and missions, setting up libraries in Africa (11) and Belize (2). She was even instrumental in assisting me on getting my first job in the AB Patterson Professional Library. The world has lost a Saint but heaven has gained a Soldier!

Jackie (Verkerk) Hassefras

Lori Thornton

5 May 2021

Ruth was a faithful member of the Association of Christian Librarians, and her love of her mission work and of sharing the Gospel was always evident. My institution hosted the Association of Christian Librarians annual conference in 2015. We provided golf carts to help those in need of transportation from one building to another, particularly when buildings were further apart. Ruth, of course, rode these. The students driving those golf carts got to know "Miss Ruth" and mentioned, even several months later, how much they enjoyed their interaction with her.

Katherine Perrott

5 May 2021

Ruth was always kind to us children (of Karen (Cunnington) and Joe Perrott. I remember being fascinated by her work as a librarian in Hungary. I am impressed by how well-read Ruth was. Her commitment to her belief in spreading literacy and love around the world is inspiring.

Amy Csoke

5 May 2021

Ruth was very passionate about making sure that people heard about Jesus. I loved when she would call the Scripture Union office to chat and make sure that we were doing all that we could to share the Good News (even better was when she would pop in for visits). She cared deeply about Scripture Union in Canada and Hungary and she is special to my own family because I (from SU Canada) met my husband (from SU Hungary) in large part because of her commitment to both organizations. I'm thankful for her heart for the Lord.

Dianne Cabral

5 May 2021

Ruth was always a very gentle, Christ-like person very dedicated to her Lord and an exemplary example of living the good life of following her Saviour's leadership.

InterVarsity Canada

5 May 2021

On behalf of Inter School Christian Fellowship/InterVarsity Canada, we are sadden to hear the passing of Ruth. Staff have fondly remembered Ruth's leadership, care, and dedication to youth and young adults. She will be dearly missed and we are honoured to have known Ruth in the Fellowship. She is remembered by Tony Lai, Larry Offner, and the rest of the Pioneer Camp Ontario Team.