Divera ‘Vera’ de Ruigh peacefully passed away on August 18, 2023, at the age of 96, surrounded by her loving family. She will be forever cherished as our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great-Great-Grandmother, Aunt, and Friend. Her memory will be carried on by her children Sonja Schmidt, Ian de Ruigh (Lorraine), Vera Miller (Wayne), Ingrid de Ruigh, Perry de Ruigh (Madonna), and Cathy Cowper-Smith (James). Additionally, she leaves behind 25 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

Vera was predeceased by her devoted husband Cornelius, with whom she shared 53 wonderful years. She also mourned the loss of her oldest son Frank, brother Dirk, sister Elisabeth, son-in-law George, daughter-in-law Sandra, grandson Shane, and her parents Sijtje and Pieter Koedijk.

A celebration of Vera’s life will take place on August 25, 2023, at 1 p.m. at Beulah Alliance Church in Edmonton, AB. Prior to the service, there will be a visitation period. Following the ceremony, Vera will be laid to rest at the Westlawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorial donations to AHS Barrhead Continuing Care in memory of Vera de Ruigh, located at 5336 59 AVE, Barrhead, AB T7N 1L2.

The family expresses their gratitude to the staff at Barrhead Continuing Care for their exceptional care during Vera’s final years. They also extend a heartfelt thank you to those who offered compassion and kindness during Vera’s last moments. The thoughtfulness shown will always be remembered.

To share condolences and leave messages of sympathy, please visit the website of Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium at http://www.westlockfuneralhome.com. You may also reach the funeral home at 780-349-3474.

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