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YOUNIE, Ruth Anna Walker
Her timing was sometimes unpredictable and she was often inclined to surprise us - never more so than on the day she left us.
We are deeply saddened and profoundly sorry to announce that our beloved, remarkable, and truly exceptional Ruth has departed our midst. The daughter of Bert and Bernice Walker, Ruth was born in Wainwright, Alberta on January 2, 1953, and died both suddenly and unexpectedly in Edmonton, Alberta on August 7, 2012.
She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth, her brother, Doug, and her sisters, Betty (David) Gibbs, Esther Walker, Miriam (Joel) Marsan and Jean (Victor) Schultz. She also leaves behind her mother-in-law, Harriet (Caine) Younie, her sister-in-law, Katherine Caine, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. As well, she will be much missed by her feline friends, canine companions and an abundance of friends who both admired and adored her.
Ruth was predeceased by her mother, Bernice, (1998), her husband, Don (2003), her father-in-law John (2008), her father, Bert (2010) and most recently her sister-in-law and best friend, Ruth (Huey) Walker, on May 11, 2012.
In recent years, she had not enjoyed robust health, but she always enjoyed many of life's most abiding pleasures. She delighted in the sharing of anecdotes, memories and jokes when family or friends gathered together. She was a great listener, took a keen interest in the well-being of others and often greeted her guests with a twinkle in her eye and a beaming smile. Ruth was well acquainted with the gift of laughter and the roller coaster moments of a thoughtful, curious, contemplative and well lived life.
She treasured fine prose, appreciated great poetry and admired the nobility of horses, especially her magnificent and much loved Morgans. She embraced the joy of music and art as well as the glory of nature.
Seldom have we ever known anyone with such extraordinary love, care and concern for plants, for animals, and other creatures that share our landscape. And she was highly knowledgeable about the stunning diversity of species and wonders in the natural world. Ruth was also ever watchful, mindful, and respectful of both the breathless beauty and brutal power of nature in every season.
A friendly, yet feisty and fiercely independent minded woman, Ruth opened a business in 1990 and for over two decades has been the owner of Ellerslie Gift & Garden. Proud of her company, her staff and her community, she was a rare individual. She never forgot that the distance separating the ridiculous from the sublime is often very small indeed. And she always remembered that dancing in the rain is much more satisfying than waiting out the storm.
Her funeral will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, August 20, at Ellerslie Road Baptist Church, 10603 Ellerslie Road SW. We will gather together to share how incredibly sorry we are to have lost her, to rejoice at how lucky we are to have known her, to acknowledge how dreadfully we will miss her and to celebrate how much we loved and cherished her.
In lieu of floral tributes, we would welcome donations to the Edmonton Dream Centre, Box 68169 - 162 Bonnie Doon Mall, Edmonton, AB, T6C 4N6 or to the Mustard Seed Community Support Centre, Box 1842 Main Post Office, Edmonton, AB, T5J 2P2 or the charity of your choice.
"Though my soul may set in darkness
it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly
to be fearful of the night. "
Sarah Williams
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website


Published in The Edmonton Journal from Aug. 11 to Aug. 17, 2012
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