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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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From: Sandy and Marc Allaire
Relation: friend

Our sincere condolences to Cliff and all the family. Ruth was so amazing and will greatly missed. She always had a smile and kind words for everyone. The most gracious hostess welcoming one and all into their home in Naramata..We love you Ruth

From: Traci Waite
Relation: Friend

Ruth had a smile that would light up any room and a bright engaging personality to match. Ruth was always good for a laugh or two and that laugh that she had, I can hear it in my head now. Her generosity to charities and helping those in need is legendary in the community of Mill Bay. I know you all miss her dearly, but take comfort knowing she touched many people in a positive way. It’s a testament to her good and caring nature. So Ruth, I raise my glass to you. To a life well lived. Cheers!

From: Bob MacKinnon, Diane & Marty Butcher
Relation: Family friends

So very sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing! She was such a kind, funny, energetic person whose bread baking was outstanding. I (Diane) remember coming over to your house as a child to buy a new swimsuit and both Ruth & Cliff welcomed everyone who showed at their door. She taught mom (Hazel) how to bake bread; mom was ever so grateful for her friendship with Ruth; it had been wonderful to have reconnected with Ruth in recent years! Our condolences to Cliff and your family.

From: Clive, Donna, Deborah and Allison Simpson
Relation: Family friend

Our family has so many fond memories of Ruth. Her generous spirit and quickness to a smile and a laugh always made for fun visits. Donna is grateful to this day for Ruth’s caring nature, including babysitting Deborah while Donna was giving birth to Allison. So many years have passed, and still it felt like none whether we visited in Penticton, in Mill Bay with Mom and Merv or in Etobicoke with her family.

From: Jackie Herchak
Relation: Long time friend and admirer. :)

It was a great day when Ruth called me to help take care of her beautiful yard 17 years ago. Cliff was the boss but Ruth had the vision. Ruth was the most generous caring woman. She always had fresh bread or muffins to send home with me since my son was a toddler or invited me to join her and Cliff for lunch.
Ruth was a worker bee, always working on something for someone. She didnt just bake bread for her family she asked you what kind of bread you liked and made it for you. Ruth will be missed. She was an amazing hard working woman with the biggest heart.

From: Susan Beatty (Mundle)
Relation: Ruth and my mom, Marie Mundle, graduated in the same nursing class ! Family friends 🤗

Cliff, Chris, Keith, Bob, Jan and family,,, We were shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Ruth!! A woman so full of life, love and laughter!! Hold onto your memories,, and each other, as that will help carry you through the tough days ahead !! You are in our hearts and prayers!! She will truly be missed !

From: Trish, Jack, Theresa, Erin & Ryan Gregory
Relation: Friends

Jack and I were so shocked to receive Cliff’s call informing us of Ruth’s sudden passing. The Leach’s and the Gregory’s had many happy times and gatherings being Back Alley Neighbors in Varsity during the early years in Calgary.
Whether you were Family, Friend or Neighbor you were welcomed into the fold with open arms.
Ruth’s tireless energy and beaming smile will be greatly missed and Heaven now has an awesome Bread Maker.
Peace be with you Ruth, until we meet again.

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