Ruth Elizabeth Webster

October 22, 1937February 2, 2023
Obituary of Ruth Elizabeth Webster


Oshawa Funeral Home

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ruth Elizabeth Webster, aged 85, of Oshawa, Ontario. She passed away on February 2nd, 2023, surrounded by her beloved family. Ruth was born in Alliston, Ontario, and raised on a farm with five siblings. She was a lifelong learner, obtaining an Honours BA in History from McMaster University before earning an MA in Education from Syracuse University, where she also taught. After 18 years of living in Uganda and raising her children, Ruth returned to Canada in 1985. She spent 20 cherished years on Manitoulin Island with her husband, Bill, who passed away in 2007. Ruth continued to spend summers on the island even after moving to the Toronto region to be closer to family. Ruth lived her life in the service of others. She was a talented musician and dedicated educator who touched countless lives with her compassion and grace. As an active member of several churches in Uganda and Canada, she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, played the church organ, served on numerous service committees, and was a dedicated patron of several charitable foundations around the world. Above all, Ruth was known for her unwavering faith and devotion to living her life in the image of Christ. Ruth leaves behind her children, Masaaba, Elizabeth, Patrick, James, and Michael, (predeceased by Alice in 2001); her siblings, John, Douglas, Carol, and Linda, (predeceased by Arthur in 2022); her grandchildren, Sonya, Anika, Shelby, and Kedan; and many other family members who loved her deeply. A celebration of Ruth's beautiful life will be held at Pickering Village United Church, 300 Church St. S., Ajax, Ontario, on Saturday, February 25th at 1pm. The family invites friends and loved ones to join them in remembering Ruth and celebrating her impact on their lives. In lieu of any flowers, memorial donations can be made either through the family or directly to Karanda Mission Hospital in rural Zimbabwe.

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Saturday, February 25, 2023

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