Ruth Christilaw

Ruth Elsie Christilaw (Gooding)

Thursday, December 3rd, 1925 - Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
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Ruth Elsie CHRISTILAW (nee Gooding) – December 3, 1925 – March 5, 2019
On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Ruth passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Ruth is predeceased by her beloved husband Thomas and their eldest daughter Heather. “Ruth E” is survived by her children Jan (Warren Bourgeois), Jill (Kevin Conrad), Scott (Shelagh), Tim and Allison (Doug Emerson), and by her treasured grandchildren David (Kim), Thomas (Kimmie), Ryan, Douglas, Erin, Timothy and Caleb. Ruth is survived by her sister Eileen Jones and brother Vern Gooding and their families. She is also remembered by the families of her brothers and sisters who predecease her, Eldon Gooding, Evelyn Milsted, Dorothy Winger, and Dorine Doner. On our father’s side, Mom is remembered by nephew Stephen Goudge (Reva Devins) and their family.
Ruth was born in Port Elgin and was raised in the Gormley/ Stouffville/ Markham area where she began her teaching career. She and Tommy were married December 24, 1949. In 1952, Ruth, Tommy and daughter Heather moved to Blind River, and never left. Ruth’s commitment to her beloved Blind River manifested itself in many ways: her work as a teacher in the elementary school system, as a stalwart of St. Andrew’s United Church, with Girl Guides as District Commissioner, as a leader of the Hospital Board and Auxiliary, as a leader of the Blind River Museum, among many other achievements.
Ruth was a faithful, caring friend and we are tremendously grateful for the richness that those friendships gave to our mother. She loved full dining room tables and special event celebrations, she loved travelling and returning home, she loved reading and teaching, she loved her Lord and showed gratitude every day.
We would like to offer our special thanks to the wonderful caregivers who generously gave their love and support to our mother each and every day these past months - especially the staff of Blind River Hospital and Golden Birches, to our brother Tim for his dedication and Dr. Mary Shamas who has taken care of Mom for many years.
Family and friends are invited to visit at St. Andrew’s United Church on Sunday, March 10th from 2-4 pm and 7-9pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the Blind River Community Centre on Monday, March 11th at 2:00 pm. Arrangements entrusted to the Menard Funeral Home, Blind River.
Donations can be made to the Tribute Fund that has been set up in Ruth’s honour at the North Shore Health Network Foundation - at the funeral home, in the Foundation office, by calling 705-356-2265 Ext. 2619, or through our website
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 10th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, March 10th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    St. Andrews United Church
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, March 10th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday, March 10th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    St. Andrews United Church
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  • Service

    Blind River Community Centre
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    The Reverend Lyn Heely


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Bruno and Lillian Hildebrandt

Posted at 04:39pm
We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Christilaw family.
Your mother, Ruth, was a remarkable, gracious lady.
Thinking of you,
Bruno and Lillian Hildebrandt

Judy James

Posted at 07:46pm
Although I didn’t know it at the time, Mrs. Christilaw was the glue that held her grade one class of ‘64-65 together after our first teacher died just weeks into that first term. She inspired us to dream and we did. Some forty plus years later, I met her again at the BRDHS 50th reunion. She remembered me, just as she remembered all of her students, and she told me she always thought I would someday be a writer. I told her I didn’t think that would ever happen. Two years later in Rome, I had to admit she was right, and sent her a card after I presented my first academic paper there.
A woman of poise, grace and gentle affection, she is missed by all those whose lives she touched. My sincere condolences to the family and her many friends; including my classmate of twelve years, Scott.

Tammy Roberts

Posted at 02:16pm
Mrs. Christilaw was so kind, and always with a smile. I have fond memories of her from my childhood and as an adult I enjoyed running in to her when she was out and about. My condolences to her family and friends.

Barbara (Sutherland) Sanders

Posted at 02:28am
Dear, wonderful, Ruth! Such a beautiful individual in every way. You were always so generous with your love and laughter, your kindness, attention and strength. I am so grateful for the meals, times and places shared over the years. I will miss you.
Jill, Jan, Allison, Scott and Tim... thanks for sharing the gift of your Mom with the world, and with me.
With condolences and love, Barbara (Sutherland) Sanders.

Gloria Hall & Family

Posted at 07:28am
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