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Elizabeth Ruth Leach

November 11, 1934 - January 3, 2022


Elizabeth Ruth Leach (McTavish), our extraordinary sister, friend, wife, mom, grandma, great grandma has peacefully moved on from this life on Jan 3, 2022. Her departure was unexpected.

Ruth was born on November 11, 1934, in Durham, Ont. to Alvia and Bill McTavish. She was her brother Bob McTavish’s 5th birthday present.
Ruth knew from the time she knew anything that she wanted to care for others, and she completed nursing school in Owen Sound, Ontario in 1956. Around that time, a handsome guy named Cliff started hanging around and would prove to be the love of her life. Ruth had a passion and endless desire to be around babies. She worked in Newmarket hospital until 1959 when she married Cliff and moved west. She then worked in Calgary General Hospital and the Yukon with her nursing skills, always specializing in infant care. Ruth was an active attendee and founding member of Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church in Calgary. In their 62 years of marriage, Ruth and Cliff managed to build a couple of businesses, operate an orchard, build a couple of homes, travel the world and create a lifetime of great memories. But Ruth would tell you her most important goal was to raise many children. That she did, not only her own, but many others that thought of her as Mom. Ruth would also say that she felt the most joy in her life surrounded by all her precious grandchildren, her great grandchild, her big family and vast array of friends that she and Cliff seemed to cultivate effortlessly.

Ruth (and Cliff’s) door was open to all, and if you came through that door, you better be hungry and able to take home a loaf of that famous homemade bread… or at least some fresh muffins, cookies or butter tarts. The only time Ruth sat down was to knit her highly sought-after personalized afghans. She never wanted to waste a moment of life. Ruth was generous in all ways. If she wasn’t working tirelessly around the family home, she was volunteering or spending time laughing with her dear friends. Ruth’s friends spanned the country and her desire and efforts to stay connected lasted throughout her life. Her positive presence will leave a void that will be missed by all.

Ruth is survived by her love Cliff, brother Bob, children Chris, Keith (Nadia), Bob, Jan (Norm), nieces Judy and Heather, nephews Roger, Paul, Ed, Andy, Noel, precious grandchildren, Tor (Riana), Reid (Meghan), Cole, Chase, Kayley, Jaden, Nathan, Levi and great grandson Rhodes who has brought so many smiles to Ruth over the last year. Ruth was predeceased by her parents, sisters in law Pearl, Diane and Pat, brothers in law George and Ed, niece Evelyn, and daughter-in-law, Cari, whom she was so very close to.

A celebration of Ruth’s well lived life will be held at a later date.

Ruth was a supporter of any charity in need, and a personal one to her was the
Canadian Blood Services. Rest In Peace Ruth, Mom, Grandma…. We know heaven just got richer with love, laughter and dinner parties ❤


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H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Judy McTavish
Relation: She was my loving aunt

My Dear Auntie Ruth, I am forever grateful for all the wonderful memories we shared in my lifetime. I will miss your smile, your spunk, your goodness in this world. And so much more. You were not just my aunt, you were my confidante, my teacher, my other mother. I love you and I miss you xoxo

From: Elizabeth Ann Hansen
Relation: Family friend forever.....!

Ruth will be sorely missed by me. My sincere best thoughts to you, Cliff.

From: Bill McTavish
Relation: Cousin

What a spirited lady. I totally enjoyed every time I met with or talked to Ruth. A favourite memory was walking along the beach picking black berries near your island home. Her eyes were sparkling as usual and she prepared a magnificent breakfast as usual. What a lady.!What a loss! Bonnie and I send our condolences to Cliff and family.

From: Beverley Harley
Relation: Dear friend. We talked daily.

Sending my sincere sympathy to Cliff and family. She was such a wonderful friend and I am going to miss her daily.

From: Marcel Allaire
Relation: Friend of my brother's

I only knew Ruth for a short period of time but in that time I was in awe of her generosity and how she treated me like family! I always felt welcome whenever I went across the lake to see Ruth and Cliff . . . I will miss her dearly!

From: Doug & Joanne Carr
Relation: A longtime family friend

Cliff, Judy and all the families of the most beautiful woman ever, so sorry for your loss.

From: Janey Armstrong

I am going to miss you and all of our chats, I didn’t get to tell how much you truly meant to me.
You were the most incredible lady, tough with the most caring heart. You taught me many things that I will keep close. Thank you for everything, please give James a hug.
Love from Janey & the kids.

From: Jim Glessner
Relation: Mother of my dear friend Chris

While I only got spend a small amount of time with you, Ruth, being in your presence was an honor. You and your family are my family as well. You will be missed and always cherished.

From: Lydia Edwards
Relation: A friend and former neighbor

Such a lovely lady we have lost! Will never forget her friendly smile! She has left a lovely footprint on this planet! Rest in peace Dear Ruth!
Lydia Edwards

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