It is with great sadness that the Wadsworth family announces the passing of their mother, grandmother, great grandmother, auntie and wife. Ruth Louise Wadsworth was 78, born December 12, 1929, and passed away on Friday February 15, 2008 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
During her illness Ruth and Ken celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary on January 30, 2008. She leaves behind her husband, Ken, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren:
Dave,- (Shane, Tasha), Cody, (Jason, Kristie), Jessiah, Jaxon,- Byron, Shawna,
Rick, Marg,- Eric, (Sarah, Luke), (Melissa, Erik), Gaige, Jaide,
Jeff, Lisa-, Brandon, Jennifer, Kalli, Samantha, Kenny, Hailey, Ashley, Robbie, Chelsea,
Mark, Tova-, Amanda and Devin.
She also leaves behind her sisters Judy & Ace Kett of Ontario, Betty Anne and John Pinnegar of Nanaimo, B.C., Phyllis & Win Gee of Prescott, Arizona and brother Bud and Bev Turner of Anaheim, California, as well as many close friends.
She was born and grew up in Blenheim Ontario. She moved out to B.C. when she was 20 years old. A year later she met the love of her life Kenneth Arthur Wadsworth and settled in Vancouver and area. Later they would find themselves in Prince George where she was active in curling, skiing and bowling. In 1974 they moved to Vernon where they opened Smitty’s Family Restaurant aka Waddy’s Family Restaurant. In 1985 they opened Hillview Golf Course. She always enjoyed spending time with her 4 children, grandchildren, and babysitting her great grandchildren. She loved playing cards, dancing, golfing, curling, tai chi, having a beer with the “brew crew” and just traveling the world with her man.
A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, 5871 Okanagan Landing Road, Vernon, B.C., on Thursday February 21, 2008 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Clint Batchelor officiating. Reception will follow in the church hall.
The family wishes to thank the hospital staff who cared for not only Ruth during her illness but also her family.
In lieu of flowers, those friends wishing to make memorial donations in memory of Ruth may do so to the Vernon & District Hospice House Society, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4. Arrangements have been entrusted to: PLEASANT VALLEY DIGNITY