Ruth Ann Kovacs

(nee McLeod)

1938 – 2013

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Ruth Kovacs, after a lengthy illness, on February 18, 2013, at Hospice House, Vernon.

Ruth will be missed by her husband, Zoli, her children Kathy (Rick) Olson and Karen (Tim) McLachlan of Whitehorse, YT; Kandy (Rob) Walsh, Kim Knapp (John Chatterson), Bob Brewer, and Kelli (Derek) Gough of London, ON; her grandchildren Jenny (Tavis) Hierlihy, Kevin, Brandon and Kristy Olson, Michelle (Mike) Saunders and Sara McLachlan of Whitehorse; Leigh-Ann (John) Klein and Candice (Brian) Auger of St. Thomas, ON; Evan and Emily Gough and Julie Walsh of London; and great-grandchildren Dayna, Jaron and Arleigh Hierlihy, Cooper Klein and Sydney Auger. Ruth is survived by her father Robert McLeod of London, ON, eight brothers and one sister and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her mother Julia McLeod (1997) and two brothers.

Ruth will always be remembered for her tireless dedication to the One On One Reading Program in Vernon elementary schools and most especially at Mission Hill School.

Visitation will precede a Funeral Service that will take place at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m. Burial will take place at a later date in London.

The family would like to express gratitude to Dr. L. Hayward, Dr. A. DeBeer, Dr. J. Rolf, Dr. D. Hoegler and the nursing staffs at Vernon and Kelowna hospitals, and at Hospice House for their comforting care.

At Ruth’s request, memorial contributions should be made to Teen Junction (literacy program), 3104 – 37 Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 2Y2.

Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155. Condolences may be offered at

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