A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home

217 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS


Ruth Marie Durrant

December 7, 1928December 22, 2019

Born in Digby on December 7, 1928, the only child on Raymond and Annie (Mutch) Lent, Ruth Marie Durrant died on December 22, 2019. She graduated from Digby High School, Provincial Normal College, class of 1947 and Dalhousie University (B.A.) in 1975. A resident of Dartmouth since 1949, Ruth was proud of her three children, Mary Ruth (Mitchell Brooks), David (Kathy Thalmann) and Jean, and of her four grandchildren, Emma Brooks (Tom Mednick), Nathan Brooks, and Ashley and Brittany Durrant. Ruth taught junior high school for over 31 years, 21 of those years at Caledonia Junior High School, Dartmouth. She was the first Junior High Teacher-Librarian in the Dartmouth school system. An active member of the Dartmouth local of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, she was also a member of the Nova Scotia Teachers Credit Union Board of Directors, serving as president in 1974-75. Ruth was a dedicated member of the Dartmouth local of the Retired Teachers Association, serving one two-year term as president and two terms as treasurer. A long-time parishioner of Christ Church Dartmouth, Ruth was the first woman Warden in its long history, and a member of its Council for eight years. She was a member for over 50 years of the Ethel Hiltz branch and unit of the Anglican Church Women of Canada and president of the general ACW for four years. Her cheerful voice greeted you as Tuesday office volunteer for over 23 years at the Parish office. Ruth was the welcoming ticket taker for Dartmouth Community Concert for several years and served on its board as well. There will be no visitation at Ruth’s request. The body has been cremated. A celebration of life will be held in the summer of 2020. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Corporation of Christ Church or a charity of your choice.


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Linda Rix

January 4, 2020

I met Ruth, a wonderful lady several years ago, through her daughter Jean. She was a warm and an absolute joy to be around and her company was always enjoyable . Her contribution to the community of Dartmouth and especially the church was incredible. My condolences and heartfelt sympathy goes out to Jean and her family. Ruth you will indeed be missed by all who have had the opportunity of meeting you.

Robert & Carol Bennett

January 3, 2020

We are greatly saddened by the passing of Dear Ruth; our friend and a special, kind human being. She truly enjoyed life to the fullest! Our many wonderful memories include the many amazing meals she cooked for us in her cozy home, and the comradery and laughter shared there. We shall also forever fondly remember the help she gave us with our wedding . With her passing, today, the world is a little sadder place, but we know there is more laughter and good food being enjoyed in heaven! We send our condolences to the entire family, but mainly our Dear Jean. May you find comfort in knowing that she touched so many people's lives in a positive way. With Love, Carol, Rob, Katrina and Julianna

Luanne Donahoe

January 2, 2020

I was so sad to hear of Ruth's passing. As a friend of Jean's, I have known Ruth for a very long time. I have always enjoyed hearing her stories and insights. As I sit here thinking of her, I can hear her unique laugh and I smile. She was always so kind, caring and interesting to be around. I will sincerely miss seeing her and talking to her albeit it wasn't often, it was enough to have grown a love and friendship for a truly remarkable woman who enjoyed life to the fullest. Rest in peace, Ruth. You will always be remembered with my full admiration and respect. XO

Micker & Garth Purdy

January 2, 2020

Jean, Dave and Mary Ruth,

It is with a sad heart we send our condolences to you and your families. Ruth was more than a friend for
many years, she was part of our family and will be missed more than words can say! Our children Michelle and C. j. and their children all grew up with Ruth’s presence in their lives and have known and loved her as we have. Ruth is an overwhelming loss to us all.

Micker and Garth Purdy

Dorothy Smith

January 1, 2020

Ruth was a dedicated member of the Dartmouth Branch Retired Teachers Organization giving freely of her time to collect food and monetary donations for Feed Nova Scotia and church organizations. She attended regular luncheons and activities of the Branch. She was loved by all and will be sorely missed . My sincere condolences to the family.

Dorothy Smith

Dave Whynot

December 30, 2019

Wish to express our condolences to your family from ours.
Dave & Lorna Whynot and Family