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Ruby Zimmer

October 25, 1945 - November 8, 2021


ZIMMER, Ruby Jessie, a long-time resident of Saskatchewan and more recently Cobble Hill, British
Columbia passed away surrounded by her family at the age of 76 years on November 8, 2021. Ruby was
born October 25th, 1945 alongside her twin sister Vera to Roderick and Ruby Smithwhite (nee Miller) in
Fort William (Thunder Bay) Ontario. Ruby is survived by her loving husband of 52 years David Zimmer,
her twin sister Vera Pollock (John) and three adoring daughters Deidra Zimmer of Calgary Alberta, Paula
Marner of St. John’s Newfoundland, and Suzanne Zimmer (Derek) of Saskatoon Saskatchewan. She was
a grandmother of six; Carter and Ashley (Deidra), Elias and Malachy (Paula) and Ana and Parker
(Suzanne) who were spoiled with her time and love. She is also survived by many extended family

Ruby, at the age of 6 months, moved with her family to Melville Saskatchewan. As a child she excelled
academically, loved to skate and often travelled with her family by rail to interesting destinations.
Ruby earned a Bachelor of Home Economics along with a Bachelor of Education at the University of
Saskatchewan. A well-liked teacher for decades she taught food science and preparation, nutrition and
wellness, textiles and sewing to hundreds of students. Many a bunnyhug was sewn in Mrs. Zimmer’s

Her life in Saskatchewan was shared with family and friends. Summers were spent at the cabin on Echo
Lake and on the farm near Balgonie. Cooking, baking, gardening, and volunteering were an important
part of Ruby’s life.

Once retired, Ruby and Dave moved to Arbutus Ridge near Cobble Hill British Columbia to be closer to
extended family and to further enjoy life. She was involved with community quilting and wine clubs,
tried her hand at golf, danced to Dave’s rock band at local events and spent time aboard their boat
exploring the Gulf Islands. She was a proud member of The Kitchen Sisters charity group who raised
money for various organizations in both Duncan and Victoria.

Internment of Ruby’s ashes will take place at a later date in Regina Saskatchewan.

The family wishes to thank the many doctors who were involved in Ruby’s care during her last few years
and special thanks to the truly wonderful staff at the Cowichan Hospice House. Donations to the
Cowichan Hospice House (Duncan BC) accepted in lieu of flowers.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

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

From: Karen Goldie
Relation: Friend

I am saddened to learn of Ruby’s passing. My interactions with Ruby were few in recent years but I remember her with a special place in my heart. My condolences to Dave, Paula and the whole family.

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