RUDKIN, Frances Ellen
October 11, 1928 - September 22, 2013
Frances' time on earth, October 11, 1928 to September 22, 2013, ended in the family home surrounded by family, including her beloved dogs.
Frances' time was filled with opportunity and discovery, and while she was not an Empire builder she left a Legacy that shared and shaped family's lives and the natural environment. She had a special interest, along with her husband, in natural history and special places both in Alberta and other parts of the world where they travelled extensively and financially supported. Frances achieved excellence in her life as a mother, a fine craftsman in painting, book binding, journal writing and violin playing as well as a hiker and world traveller. She always did her best as a registered nurse, wife, mother and friend and was not caught up in main stream values – she made her own choices and decisions in life. She and her husband made provisions and were fortunate to live in the family home during their illnesses and to die there. Even though Frances' illness prevented certain activities and was extremely difficult for her and her family during the early phases, she later found joy and wonder in her life at home among the trees and birds and in various parts of Alberta picking strawberries, taking walks in the countryside and bird watching right up the week she died. I learned many valuable life lessons from my mother and the last was that while she was elderly and ill, she still deserved a quality of life that would not have been facilitated in a strange senior's home – I am grateful to her for all that she gave and was.
Frances and Alan Rudkin's bench in Fish Creek Park was taken by the flood waters and now rests in the Bow River in perpetuity – another bench will replace it and provide a spot for rest amidst nature in the province they both loved.
Frances was predeceased by her rascally partner in adventure and husband of over 60 years, R. Alan and will be missed by her children Gail Johnson, Jane Rudkin, Dr. David Rudkin, Dr. Bruce Rudkin (Annelieke) along with her six grandchildren.
There will be a private reception on Sunday, October 20, 2013 in Calgary, AB. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Frances Rudkin, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Published in The Edmonton Journal from Sept. 26 to Oct. 5, 2013