Patten Funeral Home

71 Union Street, Glace Bay, NS


Ruth Evelyn Kelloway

February 8, 1925November 2, 2019
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Kelloway, Ruth, Glace Bay, NS. With profound sadness, we the family of Ruth Kelloway, 94, regret to announce her passing on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Ruth’s life was a life well lived. She loved her family, friends and travel. Ruth was born on February 8, 1925 and spent her childhood on the family farm in Round Island. She was the daughter of the late Neil and Ellen (Leach) McDonald. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Kelloway, brothers George and Walter McDonald and sisters-in-law Betty and Helen McDonald. Ruth is survived by her brother William McDonald and sister in law Marlyss McDonald. Ruth is also survived by her sons, Bruce Kelloway (Lindsay McKinlay), Paul Kelloway and Blaine (Muriel) Kelloway, and her daughter Ellen (Lorne) Baldin. She is also survived by grandchildren, Erin Kelloway, Naomi Kelloway, Shannon Kelloway (Barrott MacIntyre), Whitney Kelloway (Robert Dickson), Bethaney (Blake) Scheuerman, Adam (Natalie) Baldin, Andrew Baldin, Teresa (Mark) Watson, Samantha (Ryan) Hodder, Mason Kelloway, Kim (Malcolm) Brown and Lorraine Bond. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Turner and Sloan Scheureman, Madelynn Kelloway, Luci Hodder and Chase Bond. Ruth loved fulfilling her role as “Nanna”. She was proud of every grandchild and never missed a birthday, graduation or any life event. They are left with a legacy of memories of the positive influence she has had on their lives build from a foundation of love and caring. Ruth graduated from Normal College in 1945 and began her 35 year teaching career in a one room school house in Big Glace Bay. She retired in 1983 having spent the rest of her career in Donkin Elementary School teaching three generations of families in this community. Travel played an important role in Ruth’s life. Upon her retirement, Ruth began her extensive travels. You would be hard pressed to find a country she did not visit. She valued different cultures and meeting new people from every corner of the globe. She always returned bearing gifts for each of her grandchildren. She enjoyed excellent health, and memories of these travels brought great pleasure to her in her later years. Ruth was an active member of Knox United Church and the UCW. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 7 from 5-8 PM at Patten’s Funeral Home, 71 Union St, Glace Bay. The funeral service will take place Friday, November 8, at 11AM at Knox United Church, 270 Commercial St., Glace Bay, with Rev. Alison Etter officiating. Burial will be in Forest Haven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Knox United Church or a charity of your choice. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at: www.pattenfuneral.com


  • Thomas Kelloway, Husband (deceased)
  • Ellen (Leach) McDonald, Mother (deceased)
  • Neil McDonald, Father (deceased)
  • Bruce (Lindsay McKinlay) Kelloway, Son
  • Paul Kelloway, Son
  • Blaine (Muriel) Kelloway, Son
  • Ellen (Lorne) Baldin, Daughter
  • Erin Kelloway, Granddaughter
  • Naomi Kelloway, Granddaughter
  • Shannon (Barrott MacIntyre) Kelloway, Granddaughter
  • Whitney (Robert Dickson) Kelloway, Granddaughter
  • Bethaney (Blake) Scheuerman, Granddaughter
  • Adam (Natalie) Baldin, Grandson
  • Andrew Baldin, Grandson
  • Teresa (Mark) Watson, Granddaughter
  • Samantha (Ryan) Hodder, Granddaughter
  • Mason Kelloway, Grandson
  • Kim (Malcolm) Brown, Granddaughter
  • Lorraine Bond, Granddaughter
  • Turner Scheuerman, Great Grandson
  • Sloane Scheuerman, Great Grandson
  • Madelynn Kelloway, Great Granddaughter
  • Luci Hodder, Great Granddaughter
  • Chase Bond, Great Grandson
  • William McDonald, Brother
  • Marlyss McDonald, Sister-in-law
  • George McDonald, Brother (deceased)
  • Walter McDonald, Brother (deceased)
  • Betty McDonald, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Helen McDonald, Sister-in-law (deceased)



  • Visitation - Patten Funeral Home Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service - Knox United Church Friday, November 8, 2019


  • Burial, Forest Haven Memorial Gardens


Ruth Evelyn Kelloway

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Nancy Clarke

November 17, 2019

Blaine and Muriel: so sorry for your loss. We lost Ma on September 25th and are still grieving. I hope you have solace in your memories of your Mom! It's a rough road and I wish you peace❣

Kimberley Gilroy

November 9, 2019

Mr. Lorne & Mrs. Ellen Baldin & family;
To: Adam & your brother Andrew & sister Teresa & families;

Adam & family , our deepest condolences to you & family on the loss of your beloved Nanna Ruth. She has left behind a legacy in you all & great tribute video family photos! Our prayers are with you. May you draw comfort in the words of Jesus, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." (Matthew 5:4).

Rev. Brian, Kimberley [Toombs], Jeshuah & Judeah Gilroy (brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephew & niece) (Alberta/PEI)

Darrelyn Hubley

November 9, 2019

Our sincere condolences are sent to all of you. She will truly be missed.
Sending much love from the “Hubley’s” ❤️

Neil MacDonald

November 8, 2019

Joy. Thats what I always remember about Aunt Ruth was joy. She looked at the positive at the fun times and enjoyment of life, of the acceptance and inclusion of everyone. And I always enjoyed my visits with her even the recent one just a few weeks ago and my fondness of her simplicity of life of our last meal together of an egg sandwich.

My Sincere sympathy and sorrow to each and every one of you and as John texted me--she lived a very full life of love and laughter
Neil, Marlene, Tsega and Sintay

Maureen Smith

November 7, 2019

Bruce, Lindsay and Family,

Our sincere condolences on the passing of your dear mother. I know you will miss your visits with her as you spoke so often of them. Thinking of you all as you celebrate your mother and the full and wonderful life she lived.

Maureen and Keith

Michelle & Mike Neaves

November 7, 2019

Paul,Whitney,Bethany & Families,So very sorry to hear of your Mothers & Grandmothers passing.She was always a very lovely lady and we know will be sadly missed by everyone.


November 7, 2019

So sorry for your loss. A wonderful mother and role model. Jack Maclean

Robert & Ann Palmeter

November 7, 2019

Paul & family , sorry to know of your mother's passing. Mothers are very special to us . Please know that our thoughts are with you
Blessings to all.

Alexis Allen

November 7, 2019

Bruce Kelloway and family:
It was with sadness that we read of the passing of your mother/grandmother Ruth Kelloway. By all accounts she was an extraordinary lady who cared deeply for her family and was a dedicated educator. We know Bruce that you often looked forward to visiting her when you worked at the Union and always spoke proudly of her as an individual. She will be missed by many but especially the family. Take care. Alexis Allen and Adrienne LeBlanc

Donald Mac Leod

November 6, 2019

Sincere sympathy to the Kelloway family. Ruth was a very fine person and will be missed by all who knew her.

Donald Mac Leod