June 11, 1936 – July 26, 2023
Ruth Elizabeth Fitzsimmons, devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and great-great grandmother, passed away at the Whistle Bend facility on July 26, 2023. Born in Kensington, Prince Edward Island on June 11, 1936 to Helen and Oliver Cameron.
Mom is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Ralph, daughters Debbie Chaney (Jack), Beverley Leclerc, Helen Fitzsimmons (Roger), sons Don (Dina), Douglas (Dawn) and Ralph Jr. (Errin-Lee).
Grand mother to Desiree Leclerc (Chris), Jason Chaney (Jenn), Harmony Gorczyca (Richard), Derek Chaney (Crystal), Dillon, Jasmin (Torrey), Kayla (Cam), Jacob, Hunter (Caelon), Kiarra and Jaxson.
She was a great-great grandmother to Zephan, Huxley, and Daxton Boa, Karson and Jade Chaney, Arlo and Westin Wiebe and Maple Malloch.
Ruth is survived by her brother Don Cameron (Anne), sister Shirley and brothers-in-law Bill and Earl and many nieces and nephews.
Raised in PEI Ruth married Ralph in a double wedding were two sisters married two brothers 67 years ago. After the honeymoon Mom and Dad headed to the Yukon. Mom was a homemaker for many years but started working when her children were older. Her first and only job in the Yukon was at the Edgewater Hotel where she worked for over 20 years. Mom loved this job and greeted everyone like they were family.
Although Mom suffered the last 7 years with a rare disease she continued to fight for a normal life. Sadly, when she broke her femur, the disease took hold. She continued to fight hard everyday to be with her husband and children. Family meant everything to Mom and everyone who knew her knew this to be true.
Everyone will remember Mom’s kindness, love of life, incredible smile, and in later years her “thumbs up”.
Thank you all for loving our mother, she will truly be missed but we take comfort in knowing that mom will be talking, laughing, dancing and having fun with loved ones.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Line of Life Yukon – 867-667-6945.
A celebration of life will be held on September 1, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heath Cathedral located at 406 Steel Street.
Online condolences may be left on the Heritage North website heritagenorth.ca.
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