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Born: Sep 09, 1951

Date of Passing: Feb 07, 2022

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August 9, 1951- February 7, 2022

It is with mixed emotions – sadness, relief and gratitude – that Ruth's family announces her peaceful passing at Fairview Personal Care Home (PCH) in Brandon, MB.
Ruth is survived by her mother, Ethel Goodall of Winnipeg; sister, Robbie Brown (Charlie) of Winnipeg; brother, Rick Smith (Carol Clifford-Smith) of Bolton, ON; and sister, Rae Smith (Brent White) of Brandon, MB. She was predeceased by her father Danny Smith in 1961; and stepfather Alf Goodall in 2015.
Ruth was born and raised in Winnipeg but relocated to Brandon in the fall of 2019, where she resided at Victoria Landing until October 2020. After a lengthy hospitalization she was moved to Fairview in the spring of 2021. She fully enjoyed the friendships she had made at Victoria Landing and the kind care and support from the staff, and was disappointed that she was physically unable to return. She did, however, find the same warmth and care from the staff at Fairview PCH. Despite the challenges of relocating to a personal care home during COVID-19, Ruth managed to enjoy some recreational activities and a few outings to her sister Rae's home, where she enjoyed drinking Caesars by the pool, and delighted in the noise and activities of niece Kaitlyn's children, and the quieter connections with her older greatnieces and nephew. Not having any children of her own, Ruth was always interested in the lives of her many nieces and nephews; Dave Brown (Dr. Nicole Rosen), Joelle Brown, Bobby Brown, Kevin Brown (Danni), Karen MacArthur, Erin Brennan, Kaitlyn White (Bas Nundu), Meghan Partridge (Jake) and their children. She loved to see the new babies, in person and in pictures! Ruth was also afforded more family "children" through her stepsister Jan Foreman (Gord), stepbrothers, Alf Goodall (Susan), Robert Goodall (Judy), Bruce Goodall (the late Gwen) and Terry Goodall (Sandy).
Ruth faced many challenges in her life due to her physical and cognitive disabilities. But with strong support from her family, inherited strength from her mother, and education through R.B. Russell Vocational School, she had a career as a dietary aide at the Riverview Health Centre spanning 31 years. She maintained the friendships she developed at school, especially with Laura Johnston and Marilyn Rye. She was very proud of her job and continued on with the Volunteer Department there after retirement. Travelling the world with her parents, Ethel and Alf, on annual winter cruises and "beaching it" at Grand Marais were her mainstays during her working life. Ruth was a fixture at Park Alleys Bowling where she and her parents were members of the Thursday evening five pin association. Any family gatherings that showcased the musical talents of the Browns were another delight. Bingo at the Legion and Happy Hour and Game Nights at Villa Cabrini (where she lived on her own for eight years!) became her pastime in retirement. Later, Scrabble games with Rae and Brent became a favourite activity and almost taught Rae more patience – she's working on it! To that end, Ruth surely taught us all the importance of being kind, exercising patience and being grateful for the gifts we are given. She never really asked any more than that.

Run like the wind, swim like a fish and Scrabble like an expert now Ruth.
Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, Brandon, MB, (204) 727-0694.

Publish Date: Feb 12, 2022

SMITH: Ruth Darlene passed away peacefully at Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon, MB on Monday, February 7, 2022 at the age of 70 years. Ruth will be lovingly remembered by her mother, Ethel Goodall of Winnipeg; sister, Robbie Brown
(Charlie) of Winnipeg; brother, Rick Smith (Carol Clifford-Smith) of Bolton, ON and especially her "baby sister", Rae Smith (Brent White) of Brandon, as well as her step sister and brothers of the Goodall clan in Winnipeg and many nieces and nephews, not to mention many great-nieces and nephews! Cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life is planned for later in the Spring in Winnipeg. Donations in memory of Ruth may be made to any
"special needs" charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.

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Publish Date: Feb 12, 2022

As published in Brandon Sun, Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 12, 2022, Feb 12, 2022

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • We were so sorry to see the paper and the story of Ruth's life and passing. Ruth sure spent her life well. Her life with her family was an inspiration for all. Her Mom (Ethel) and our Mom (Hazel) grew up in the same small town and were friends for life. I think Ruth followed her example. May Ruth Rest In Peace remembered by her friends and family. - Posted by: Bev Shafirka (nee Wilson) ( Long time friend of the family) on: Feb 16, 2022

  • Please give our deepest condolences to Ethel and all of Ruth’s family. She and Marilyn were lifelong friends and had a very special connection. While they both dealt with formidable challenges, they always held each other up. We will remember Ruth fondly as a quiet girl who always seemed to have a secret. Marilyn will miss her dear friend deeply but she takes comfort in knowing that Ruth is in a better place. Sincerely, The Rye family - Posted by: Jan Hiebert (Rye) (Friend) on: Feb 15, 2022

  • My sincere condolences to Ethel and family. My mother, Hazel Gudmandson (Wilson) was a close friend of Ethel’s and I have many happy childhood memories of our families spending time together. Ruth was a wonderful person and very special to my mom. I remember her smile, laugh and, if my memory serves, a hint of stubbornness. Rest In Peace Ruthie and give my mom a hug! - Posted by: Tracy Boyer (Wilson) (Childhood Friend) on: Feb 13, 2022

  • Condolences to Ethel and family. I bowled at Park Alleys for many years and was honoured to know Ruth, Ethel and Alf. Very friendly family. - Posted by: William O'Neill (Friend) on: Feb 13, 2022

  • So very sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing! With Deepest Sympathy to Ethel and the entire family! God Bless! - Posted by: Janet and Bruce Anderson (Friends) on: Feb 12, 2022

  • So very sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing! With Deepest Sympathy to Ethel and the entire family! God Bless! - Posted by: Janet and Bruce Anderson (Friends) on: Feb 12, 2022

  • Lived next-door to her, worked at the hospitals with her, loved her mom and dad and all the family. A wonderful life surrounded by wonderful people. - Posted by: Carroll Maxwell (Neighbour) on: Feb 12, 2022

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