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Ruth Craig

Ruth, a long-time resident of Fredericton, NB, has passed away at the age of 95 on July 25, 2023, after battling Parkinson’s disease. She was the beloved wife of Hollie V. Craig for an incredible 62 years. Ruth leaves behind her daughter Sheena, who resides in San Francisco, and her son Ian, who lives in Burlington, Ontario, along with his wife Michelle. She was also a cherished grandmother to Courtney, Carly, and Chloe, and a beloved aunt to several nieces and nephews. Ruth is survived by her husband Hollie, as well as numerous cousins and supportive in-laws. She will be dearly missed by her friends and family.

Ruth was a vibrant and energetic woman with a kind and generous heart. She valued her relationships with her neighbors, friends from her church community, and her various social groups, including the Beta Sigma Phi sisters and the Thursday Morning Group. She was an active member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Youth Group Leader, Sunday School Teacher, and Board Member. Ruth was also involved with the Local Association of Girl Guides and volunteered her time to make a difference in her community.

As a dedicated teacher, Ruth made a lasting impact on many students’ lives. She graduated from McAdam Composite High School and Teachers’ College, receiving the prestigious Governor General’s Medal for her exceptional academic performance. Ruth furthered her education at UNB and the University of Maine. Her teaching career took her to various cities in New Brunswick, including Harvey, Fredericton, and Saint John. She also took a leave of absence to teach in Fife County, Scotland, where she had the opportunity to explore the UK and Europe with her dear friend Pauline Lewis.

Nature provided solace to Ruth, and she found great joy in tending to her flower garden at Oromocto Lake. She generously shared her plants with fellow gardeners and instilled a love of Beatrix Potter stories in her granddaughters. Her Beatrix Potter Library and memorabilia became cherished reminders of the precious time they spent together at the lake. Ruth and Hollie were avid travelers, often visiting family in San Francisco and Ontario and exploring destinations abroad.

Ruth’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease did not dampen her spirits. With her customary courage, strength, and dignity, she faced the challenges it presented, inspiring her children and grandchildren to do the same. The Fredericton Chapter of Parkinson’s provided much-needed support, and Ruth and her husband actively contributed to the community. The family expresses deep gratitude to the caring staff at York Care, Dr. Sheldon Wood, Ruth’s physician, and Dr. E. Pniak, her neurologist. They also extend sincere appreciation to Tanya, Trudy, Sally, Janet, and Doreen, who demonstrated exceptional care as Ruth’s personal caregivers.

A celebration of Ruth’s life will take place on August 21st at 2 PM at Knox Presbyterian Church in Harvey, NB, followed by a reception in the hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Association (Maritime Division), Knox Presbyterian Church in Harvey Station, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Fredericton, the Harvey Settlement Cemetery, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Ruth’s impact on the lives of those she encountered will be greatly missed, and her memory will forever remain in the hearts of many.

Arrangements by Flewelling Funeral Home, Nackawic, NB. For more information, please visit http://www.flewellingswan.com.

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