Ruth E (nee Mortensen) Pinkney July 29, 1938 - July 13, 2013 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ruth E. Pinkney after a courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by her son David and her daughter Penny, she is survived by her loving husband John Michael formerly of Blairmore, Alta; her children Patricia (Alan), Debbie (Larry), Carolyn and Don; her grandchildren Nicole (Emmett), David, Stacey (Wes), Kara (Andrew), Leigh, Ryder, Wyatt, Michael and Maya (Maricela); her brother Ralph, and sisters Helen, Carol (Wayne), and Sharon (Bruce).
Ruth was born in Lashburn, Saskatchewan and grew up in Edmonton Alberta. She graduated from the Alberta Hospital School of Psychiatric Nursing in 1958 and had a varied career in Mental Health and Social Service. Upon graduation she worked in Psychiatric Hospitals in London, Ontario and Vancouver, BC.
Upon returning to Edmonton, she helped develop the first Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at the Glenrose Hospital, moving from there into the role of Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). She was the first Executive Director and Founding member of the Edmonton Women in Need Society (WIN House). In 1997 Ruth moved back to BC where she worked as Director of the Burnaby Mental Health Society. During her lengthy career, she received a number of awards and accolades for her positive impact in the field of psychiatry and social service.
Ruth was recognized by all as a very kind, caring and inspirational person who always put family and friends first and foremost.
Her family, friends and the many people whose lives she touched will dearly miss Ruthie. The family will be holding a private celebration of her life by request.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the White Rock Hospice Society or the charity of your choice.
Published in The Edmonton Journal on July 23, 2013