I didn't know of Ruth's passing, and I'm so sad tonight. I took a diagnostic reading class with Ruth at the U of A and she was just such a stellar professor. I then worked with Ruth and Maureen during the pilot work in Family Literacy with Prospects. What a special person, educator and mentor Ruth was. She was funny, insightful and she could cut through the fog on many issues. I last saw Ruth as I headed to Harvard Graduate School of Education--she wrote such a lovely letter of recommendation for me. I'll never forget Ruth--she was such an influence on me as a person and educator.
Dear Mr. Hayden, Damian & Alix. I was so sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. Seems like yesterday we all lived in Sherwood Park and all the great times that we had. My Mom loved Ruth. Ruth and Mom shared the passion of learning and teaching and loved their kids. Although she endured much in 1987, she would always worry about how we (Dad & I) were doing, whenever I saw her. She had a huge heart. May you know I think of your family often and you are in my thoughts during this difficult time.
My deepest sympathy Mac, Damien, and Alix, on the passing of your wife and mother. I remember fondly her unseen presence supervising teenaged get-togethers at your home many years ago. I feel blessed to have worked with Ruth as she mentored my independent studies at the U of A. She taught me many strategies about working and reading with children that I continue to use today. Mostly, I remember her passion for education and learning. My prayers are with you. God Bless.
Dear Mac, Damien, Alix
So sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. Nothing prepares you for a time like this. Ruth touched many of us as a pillar of support to our Catholic community of school and church. I know to you she was your caring, loving, nuturing wife, mother and grandmother. She will continue to be -each twinkle of a star will mirror the twinkle of her wit. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, Pat Walsh and family
Our sincere condolences to Mac, Damien, Alix and their families on the loss of a great wife and mother. We and our children much appreciated her friendship when we first moved to Sherwood Park - your home became their second home. She will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.
Dear Hayden Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. The world will miss her greatly. She left a lasting impression
on myself and many others. I am so glad she was my Family Literacy Teacher.
My deepest sympathy Mac, Damien, Alix and your families. May fond memories see you through this sad time. You are in my prayers.
Lise Cardwell, Sherwood Park, Alberta
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this day. I had the pleasure to meet Ruth as she shared her knowledge and wisdom in the world of literacy. May you look upon the fond memories and cherish all that she brought to this world.
My deepest sympathies to all of Ruth's family. I was the last PhD student Ruth supervised at the U of A before she retired. She was a remarkable teacher, mentor, friend, and scholar. I will forever remember her words, her stories, her wit, and her intelligence. I am so grateful for the many ways she has influenced my life and my career.
With love and affection,
Maureen Kendrick (UBC)
My deepest, deepest, sympathies to the Hayden family, to Damien and Alix, and to Mac. I will never forget your mother showing up at my mom's hospital ward, plant in hand, standing in the dark at the doorway of her room. I was spending the day with mom, quietly, and as it was a difficult day, she did not want to see anyone. But when I told her Ruth was here to see her, she said,"oh, tell her to come in." She told your mom that day, that she would "look after Kieran" for her. She was I think, my mom's closest friend. I am so sad. "Death be not proud." Hell is not something in the air, "hell," in my mind, is the loss of those we love and hold dearly to our hearts. My years in Sherwood Park with the Hayden's, and the Jeff Reid's of this world, will be the most dear to my heart. A family far bigger than my immediate own. Know, that no matter the years, no matter if we never see each other, you will always be family. Your mother/wife, was an amazing woman. And I wish you peace, and love in the oncoming days. With all my heart, God bless, and may you find your way through this most difficult time. Peace; you are in my thoughts and prayers. All my love, Patty Drake
Dear Mac,Damien and Alix and all in your
family..Peace and God's Consoling Blessing..Ruth was a very precious person,she excelled in all the good gifts that God gave her. Through her gifts of wisdom and leadership she contributed much the Catholic Schools and Parish of OLPH in Sherwood Park.I appreciated her brilliant mind and loving heart. Wishing you all God's consoling Peace. I will offer Mass for Ruth and for your intentions. Fr.Len Gartner
I fondly remember Ruth's calming presence as my Grade 1 teacher at OLPH, sticking up for me after I was teased by classmates for speaking with a slight Irish accent. She took me aside, assured me that she and I had it right, and my mom would surely agree. My sincere sympathy goes to the Hayden family.
Sending our sympathy and prayers to you Mac and to Damian and Alix and your families. Ruth was a colleague of mine in Sherwood Park and I knew her to be an accomplished educator. We shared many conversations as teachers and friends and remember well the hospitality Ruth and Mac shared with all of us staff the years we were together. Blessings to all of you.
Hayden Family - sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. We were very lucky to have such an intelligent, thoughtful and no nonsense woman in all our lives. She will be missed.
Mac, Alix, Damien and families:
I offer you my sincere sympathy on the passing of a wife, mother, and grandmother!
Ruth was one of a kind! She had a natural gift for drawing people around her. Part of this was because she always included people – no one was on the outside. She was curious, intellectually curious and wanted to know.
Ruth was an outstanding scholar! Her doctoral dissertation contributed significantly to our knowledge of parents and young children interacting in story reading. I am proud that I was her mentor.
Ruth was a leader, maybe more by nature than by design. While being intellectually curious herself, she engendered a curiousity in others and often became the leader and moderator in discussions and debate. She had such a way of helping people relax, even if they held opposing views. That was partly due to her humour and wit which, at times, was so very subtle.
Once again my sincere sympathy! Take comfort in the fact that Ruth has left an outstanding legacy in her family.
Our condolences on the loss of a great lady who gave so much to the field of education in her lifetime.
Sincerely, Lorne & Audrey Paccagnan & family, Russ, Jean & Joe
Dear Mac and the Hayden family,
This is a sad time in your life . Ruth will certainly be missed. Take comfort in the fact she the brave one is not suffering any more and is able to rest.
Madhu & Kris Syal
Mr.Hayden, Damien,Alix and families - so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom, who was a great woman and a great friend to my mom and our family, as were you all. Ruth told me after mom's passing that my children would know my mom, because they would know me. It was so encouraging for me. And she brought books as a gift for our little one, Catherine: Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny - favorites of ours for years.
Dear Hayden family,
I am so very sad to hear of Ruth's passing. I count myself fortunate to have worked with her; she made a tremendous impact across the country and will be missed personally and professionally by so many.
Uncle Mac, Damian & Alix,
My sincere and deepest sympathy for your loss. I will forever remember Aunt Ruth's quick wit, and her "tell it like it is" attitude. She was smart, educated and well read, and always ready for a lively debate. She will be missed.
Uncle Mac, Damien, Alix and families: Aunt Ruth was a wonderful person and very compassionate and loving to all of us. I will miss her tremendously, she shall always be in my heart. Aunt Ruth and Keiran are now all your guardian angels watching over you. God Bless you Uncle Mac, I love you and you are in my prayers daily.
Respectfully: Lauren and Lana Hunter and family
Mac and family, Our deepest sympathies. We have many fond memories of good visits, good food and wine and much laughter with both of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
To Mr. Hayden, Damien & Alix. My deepest sincere condolences. My prayers are with you all.
Dear Mac, Damian, Alix and family,
May the many fond memories that you have of Ruth- wife, mother, grandmother, sustain you during this time of sorrow. Peace!
Mac, Damien and Alix; my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Ruth was always a real pleasure to me and such a vibrant character. Every moment I spent with her is memorable. She was witty, smart, "say it like it is", no nonsense and yet so, so kind. I share her love for education and children and will always feel connected to her. It was a pleasure to have her as my aunt and an honor to be her niece.
May she rest in peace, forever united with her beloved Kieran, my Dad Donal who loved her dearly, Laurence and Barbara.
I'm glad she got to see Damian play recently with his band Hotrod Jukebox at the Kensington Pub.
Our sincere sympathy to the Hayden family. We have very fond memories of a wonderful former teacher at a school in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Rachynski Family
Aunt Ruth will remain fondly in our memories forever
Our deepest condolences to you Alix, Marcus, Marin, Claire, and Jake. Our thoughts are with you all during this very difficult time. Cherish your memories as these will help you in the days to come.
Adrian, Janice, Courtney and Carson DeGeer
To Mac, Damien and Alix, Our sincere condolences on the loss of your wife and mother. She was a dear friend to us and many others and will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Cherish the memories.
Compassionate and witty, Ruth was a great leader because she was a wonderful human being. I'll never forget the weeks spent with her trekking about Namibia - poignant memories all - even downing a pint in the setting sun with Ruth and Pat.
Our sympathies Mac, Damien, and Alix for the loss of your loving wife and mother. Ruth was wonderful to work with and I always appreciated her spunk. She left an incredible mark on all who were fortunate to be touched by her wisdom, wit, and love. Our prayers are with you.
Joe and Michelle Buysen
Mac, Alix, Damien & Families,Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ruth was an Amazing Woman, Heaven has another great Angel among them. May you always enjoy the great memories She left for you. God Bless You All. Rosemarie & Ed Casavant
My sincere condolences to your family. Dr Ruth was an inspiration to so many of us in the field of family literacy. She will always be remembered for her contribution and her passion for this work.
With deep respect,
Fiona Morrison,Mayne island B.C
Mac, and family. My condolences to you all. She will be in my prayers. You all will also be in my prayers at this difficult time.
Robert Baker Sherwood Park/Edmonton, AB
Mac (and family). We were saddened to hear of Ruth's passing. Know that you are in our hearts. Allen and Ronna
Mac, Alix & Damien,
My deepest sympathy in the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. I have so many wonderful memories of working with Ruth at OLPH School and the great parties you hosted for staff. I always loved Ruth's Irish wit. May your many wonderful memories sustain you all at this very sad time of loss and grieving.
I share the sorrow with you in your loss. Ruth was my supervisor in my PhD program. I felt lucky working with her and being inspired by her. She was a great mentor and friend.
Our sincere condolences to Mac, Alix, Damien and their families on the loss of an amazing mother and grandmother. Ruth was also a wonderful friend to many, a marvelous teacher, and a community builder who gave generously of her time and depth of knowledge to raise the literacy field. I will so miss her stories, her sense of fun, her stellar advice, her quick repartee, and her true friendship.
Our deepest sympathy to you. We have so many delightful, funny, poignant memories of the most wonderful neighbours anyone could wish for. How many cups of coffee Ruth and I shared (in our jamies) sitting in your beautiful backyard in Sherwood Park solving the problems of the world. Ruth enriched our lives! May God comfort you.
My sincere sympathy in your loss. I remember your family with fond memories. Sending you my love and prayers.
I'm so sorry for your loss; I had the pleasure of knowing Ruth as my grade 2 teacher and as the Mom of two great guys.