Ruth Fenton ZENGER
January 3, 1934 – December 19, 2015
Zenger, Ruth Fenton: Died 19 December 2015 on the 10th anniversary of the death of her husband and best friend Herbert Alan Zenger of Portland, Oregon. Ruth was born 3 January 1934 in Edam, Saskatchewan to parents Fenton and Ceridwen Bellamy of Liverpool, England. Survived by children David, Michael and Wendy and 5 grandchildren.
Ruth earned a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco and a Masters of Nursing from the University of Calgary. At age three, when she told her mother that she was going to be a nurse, Ruth set her career on a course. She mostly worked as a Public Health Nurse (focusing on newborns), and also as a Nursing Instructor, Executive Director of VON (Alberta) and a pediatric hospital nurse.
Ruth was a long-time member of the Anglican Church and always treasured singing in the choirs of the many different parishes she and Herb belonged to. She was focused on and devoted to causes of social justice and care for the environment and participated in both church and community causes across Canada in order to improve the world. She was devoted to the development of The Sorrento Centre, volunteering there for many years.
A memorial service will take place at St. George Anglican Church, Cadboro Bay at 2pm on 16 January 2016 . Distribution of ashes will be at The Sorrento Center Memorial Garden at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Ruth and the family suggest donations may be directed to The Sorrento Centre (Sorrento, BC), St Georges Church or to your local Hospice.
The family deeply appreciates the care provided to Ruth by the gentle and skilled doctors and nurses of the Royal Jubilee Hospital and BC Cancer Centre, the helpful and supportive nurses of Victoria Community Care and the dedicated doctors, nurses and staff of the Victoria Hospice.
Ruth Fenton ZENGER
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January 17, 2016
My best memories of both Ruth and Herb date back to the 80's when we completed our Master of Nursing degree at the University of Calgary. However, Ruth was my daughters school nurse as well and so we had a number of connections over the years. It is with a very heavy heart I learned of Ruth's death. We had so many great times and nursing experiences together. I want to express our sincere thoughts and wishes to David, Michael, Wendy, and your families. With lots of love,Judy and Lorne Hanson
January 7, 2016
I knew Ruth from her volunteering work with Sierra Club BC, where I work. In addition to volunteering at the offices, Ruth was a mainstay of the volunteer-run Sierra Club local group in Victoria. Her unflagging energy, deep commitment and a sense of humour was much appreciated at group meetings! Through her cancer treatment Ruth continued to volunteer, often riding her bike to the Sierra Club BC offices. Ruth was an inspiration in her commitment to social and environmental justice. She saw the good in people and believed that even small actions can add up to significant positive change. Travel well, dear friend. Your Sierra Club family will miss you.
January 4, 2016
I was quite shocked to hear Ruth died, I talked to her at Sorrento in the fall, and I believed her as a healthy person. I will miss meeting her in the future, . David Gravells.
January 3, 2016
Michael and family, I am so sorry to learn of Ruth's death. She was a good mother-in-law and friend, and I know she will be sorely missed.
January 2, 2016
Grateful to Sorrento Centre Facebook page for posting Ruth's obituary. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. I have fond memories of Ruth and Herb arriving at the Centre with their sleeves rolled up - all ready to work and contribute. They were hard workers, but also great to sit around and visit with and have a glass or two of wine! They were both great storytellers. Glad to hear Ruth lived well and vibrantly to almost the very end of her life.
January 2, 2016
I met Ruth, Herb and family in Calgary in the 80s and then reconnected in Kingston a few years ago. My sincere condolences and love to the family. Ruth Irwin Lee
January 1, 2016
I saw Ruth in the fall at Sorrento. I will miss her, she was a wonderful, caring person with such a wicked sense of humour. When my husband died, she was so supportive the weekend we interred his ashes at Sorrento. May she be in peace. Kathryn Maclean.
December 24, 2015
Ruth was such a vibrant and active person up to just a few months ago. She was a joy to be around and I feel honoured to have known her.