Ruth Swanson

Obituary of Ruth Swanson

The family of Ruth Olive Swanson is saddened to announce her passing on January 2, 2021 at the age of 97. Ruth was born November 9, 1923 in Deloraine, MB, the youngest of five children of Joseph and Mary Dann. Ruth grew up on the family farm at Deloraine. She received her education at Thirlstane School and Deloraine High School. After completing high school, Ruth attended the Success Business College in Winnipeg. She worked in Winnipeg at Massey Harris for a short time then Osler, Hammond & Nanton in the mortgage department for two years. Ruth met her future husband Leonard at a friend’s wedding. They were married in 1945 on the Dann farm. She joined Len on the Swanson farm at Archive, SK where they farmed for many years. Over the years she mastered many Swedish dishes under the guidance of in-laws, Ida and Knute Swanson. A bountiful garden, cattle, chickens, and, of course, driving the grain truck during harvest kept her busy. In 1975, Ruth and Len retired to Moose Jaw and moved into their new home on Warner Street. They enjoyed many years of retirement together. Ruth was predeceased by her daughter baby Judith (1946), parents Joseph and Mary (1965), son Douglas (1987), and husband Len (2004); also, sister Luella and brothers, Russel, Harry, and Clarence. Ruth is survived by son Barry (Marlene), four grandchildren - Gregory, Bradley, Jeffrey, and Blaine, daughter-in-law Karen Trochimchuk, sister-in-law Etheleen Dann, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Ruth was a member of the Newberry Community Club, Minto United Church, Cosmo Senior Centre, Duplicate Bridge Club, Moose Jaw Lawn Bowling Club, and several bowling alley leagues. She loved bridge and bowling (with trophies to prove it) plus any type of card game, travelling, gardening and volunteer work. In later years Ruth moved to the Bentley, then West Park Crossing, and finally Pioneers Lodge. At the Bentley, Ruth refreshed her pool playing skills. She had learned the game playing against her brothers in the early years. She would trim her grandsons on the pool table and most of the men at the Bentley too! The family would like to thank all her caregivers over the recent years for their friendship and care. A special thanks to the staff at Pioneers Lodge for their care and compassion received during her final days. She may be gone but will not be forgotten by family and friends. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no service will be held at this time. Memorial donations in memory of Ruth may be made to the Moose Jaw Health Foundation, 55 Diefenbaker Drive, Moose Jaw, SK, S6J 0C2 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. In living memory of Ruth, a memorial planting will be made by Jones-Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: www.wjjonesandson.com or www.parkviewfuneralchapel.ca (Obituaries). Blake Seebach - Funeral Director
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