Ruth Taimi Caley

was born in Phoenix, B.C. on April 2nd, 1916 and passed away peacefully on May 16th, 2012 in Vernon, B.C. at the age of 96 years.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Hugh in 1999 and her son Michael in 2011. She will be lovingly remembered by her sister; Dorothy of Gibsons, B.C., her son; Robert (Penny) Caley of Kelowna, B.C., her daughter-in-law; Patricia of Osoyoos, B.C., her three grandchildren; David, Elaine and Shallagh, her four great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law; Loretta (John) Lemma of Warrenton, Oregon as well as her cousins in Finland. Ruth was very proud of her Finnish heritage and received her education at the Finnish-Canadian School in Vancouver.

After Ruth and Hugh married in 1938, they resided in South Burnaby. Subsequent moves led them to Oliver, Kelowna, Armstrong, North Vancouver and Richmond before retiring to Vernon in 1980.

During her years in Kelowna in the 1950’s, Ruth enjoyed her involvement with the Square Dance Club and the Okanagan Mission Community Hall Association. After moving to Armstrong, her interests included Kindale, the Armstrong Thrift Shop, the Paint and Palette Club as well as involvement with the I.P.E. While living in Richmond, Ruth enjoyed her employment as Retired Citizens Coordinator at the Kerrisdale and Marpole Community Centres. In Vernon, Ruth was a tireless worker with the Coldstream Womens Institute and other volunteer activities during her retirement.

Ruth will be fondly remembered driving her “Purple Mini” on the streets and roads of the North Okanagan. A special thanks to the staff at Gateby Intermediate Care Residence in Vernon for their care and kindness over the last three years. In lieu of flowers, Ruth would be pleased if you planted a flower in her memory or give a donation to the charity of your choice.

There will be a private interment in the Oliver Cemetery at a later date.

Arrangements have been made with


5605 27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5

(250) 542-1187

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