October 5, 1930 – February 14, 2020
at the age of 89 years
A Memorial Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, 1400 20 St NE, Salmon Arm, BC on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.
Ruth Esther (Campbell) Howard was born 5 October 1930 in Toronto, Ontario. She passed away 14 February 2020 in Salmon Arm, BC at 89 years of age.
Ruth is predeceased by: Husband Reginald Hugh Andrews; youngest son Allan James Andrews; husband Robert Gorman Howard; Gt granddaughter Eve Miriam Turner. She is survived by her children: Sharon (Brian) Turner; Ralph (Sandy) Andrews; Kenneth (Vivian) Andrews; Trudy (Maurice) Borris; Barry (Nancy) Andrews. As well as: 19 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; and 1 great, great, granddaughter. Ruth is also survived by her dearest friend Clay Porter of Salmon Arm, BC. And she is survived by numerous friends in Revelstoke, Sicamous and Salmon Arm, BC.
Ruth started working at 16 years of age at Zellers in Barrie, Ontario. She left Zellers to work for Woolworth’s, also in Barrie. Over the years Ruth has worked at various restaurants, motels, hardware stores and department stores.
Although Ruth was born in Toronto, she was raised on her Grandfather’s farm in Oro Township, Simcoe County, near Barrie, Ontario. After marrying Reg Andrews in 1949 they took up residence in Barrie. They later moved near Shanty Bay, Ontario. In 1964, they pulled up stakes and moved to Revelstoke, B.C., where Reg passed away in 1973.
Ruth later married Bob Howard and they moved to Sicamous, B.C., where Bob passed away in 2000. After several years in Sicamous, Ruth downsized and moved to Lakeside Manor in Salmon Arm, B.C. where she met her special friend Clay Porter. Ruth moved to Mount Ida Mews nursing home in October, 2019.
Ruth’s hobbies have included: ceramics, reading good books, writing short skits, but most of all, looking after others. Ruth was always there to help her family, friends, and anyone in need. She loved serving others.
Ruth was a very sociable person and loved being part of the Red Hatters in Sicamous. She made many good friends there and had good times with them. She also served as the senior singles activities coordinator in her church and planned and hosted many dinners and events with them.
One of her favorite activities was to volunteer at The Thrift Shop in Sicamous. Ruth served there for 18 years. She loved to be at the thrift store with her friends. She also enjoyed the numerous fashion shows they put on. This was a highlight for her.
Ruth might be best remembered in Sicamous for her annual Christmas display. Each year she would add to her Christmas Village which became so large that friends and neighbours began helping her in November each year by constructing platforms in her living room to hold her many arrangements. She would then open her home to anyone who wanted to see her display and enjoy the Christmas season with her.
We would like to thank the staff at Lakeside Manor and Mount Ida Mews Nursing Home who loved and cared for our dear Mother.
It has been said by many, that anyone who knew Ruth, loved her. She always had a smile on her face and love in her heart for all. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
Ruth was very active in the Girl Guides throughout her teens and into adulthood. She has been a guide to many and now she is ‘A Guiding Light’. Rest in peace dear Mom.