Surrounded by her husband and two daughters, Ruth Sparrow passed away at the beautiful age of 76 on Monday, April 11th, 2011. She was a devoted Wife, Mom, Grammy, Sister, Aunt, and Friend. She “lived” every day until she died. Family was her life. She was always there to guide us through our life’s journey and showed us what life was all about, right until the end. We have learned so much from her and were so loved by her, and know that anyone else she touched felt it too. She was the hardest working woman we have ever known. She could be seen in her garden every morning at 5 a.m. (that’s the best time of day, you know). Always in the kitchen, she blessed our homes weekly with homemade bread, soups and cookies. We loved her for that. She filled our pantries with fresh vegetables and fruit, always encouraging a healthy diet. We loved her for that. She was a talented seamstress, always there to lend a hand with mending and tailoring. We loved her for that. She was our best friend, always willing to give advice, guidance and help with so many decisions. We loved her for that.

She will be forever remembered by her loving husband and best friend of 55 years, Vern; two daughters, Jody and Clay Anderson, Janis and Marty Christian, and the loves of her life, her two grandchildren, Kyle and Kristy Anderson. Also surviving Ruth are her five siblings: Linda & Roy Berthold, Matthew & Lena Ulansky, Vera & Gordon Murray, Walter Ulansky, and Marg & Tom Murphy. Ruth also leaves behind many nieces and nephews whom she held close to her heart. She cherished them all. Ruth was predeceased by her parents, Jean and Stanley Ulansky, and her beautiful niece, Michelle Murphy.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Lindsay Pritchett whom Mom so admired and respected; his staff: Leslie, Mary, Bev, and Jill, you are our angels; Dr. Hardy, Dr. Blyth, and the wonderful caring staff at the Cancer Clinic, thank you for your compassion while treating Mom; the nurses at the short stay unit at Vernon Jubilee, you comforted us in our time of need; the staff at 3 East, your dedication to the care of Mom was second to none; Nurse Garrett, she had a special bond with you; Karen, our savior, and the rest of the Interior Health home support team, you were there for us and we will forever be grateful; to Mom and Dad’s neighbors, thank you for always being there; to the staff at the North Okanagan Hospice House, how can we begin to thank you. We had such a lovely experience there and you were all so kind and caring. Although we weren’t there long, we appreciated everything that was done for us. Brenda Hala, our angel . . . . . Thank you.

At Mom’s request, there will not be a service. Due to allergies, we are requesting no flowers, but please consider donating to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4, the place where Mom’s final journey ended.

“We are who we are because we were loved by you.”

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