BURSAW, Ruth Isabelle
March 21, 1919 - February 24, 2013
Ruth died peacefully and fearlessly surrounded by the love of her family. She was preceded in death by her two husbands; Dalbert Proudlove and Lew Bursaw, as well as all her siblings and their spouses: Ted, (May), Olive, (Harold), Joe, (Sally), Audrey, (Mervin) and Mack, (Eleanor). Ruth is survived by her 3 children: Shirley, Bonnie (Nathan), and Dennis (Sandy) as well as her 6 grandchildren; Meghan (John), Tyler, Matt, Jesse, Chris and Sara (Gavin) as well as her 2 great-grandchildren, Abigail and Alistair. She will be fondly remembered by her 3 step- children: Shirley (Erv), Lavonne and Laurie (Jackie) and their children. Our loving and gracious Ruth was born on the first day of spring in Zealandia, Saskatchewan. These early days on the prairies developed her love of nature, music, and strength of character. Ruth graduated as a nurse in 1940 and several years later she married Dalbert Proudlove. Together they had three children. Some years later Ruth moved her young family to Saskatoon where she returned to nursing. In 1968, Ruth married her second husband Lew Bursaw. In 1980 they retired and moved to Victoria. How she loved Victoria and all the flowers! Ruth's creativity had an outlet in the Metchosin quilting group, art and music lessons. Ruth loved playing the piano and the organ. She played the piano right to the last days of her life. Her journey down the lane of Alzheimer's was never unpleasant for her. She walked with a daughter each holding her hands. There was not a day that went by that she didn't say, "Aren't I lucky?" Not a day! Helping her on her journey were wonderful nurses, caregivers, and entire staff of Mount Tolmie. We called them our "earth angels." Her nieces, Janet and Linda came regularly as well as every niece and nephew who came to Victoria for a visit. Dr. Philip Kelly, her doctor for 20 years, appreciated her positive spirit. Those who were fortunate enough to have had their lives touched by Ruth are invited to join us in a celebration to her on March 9 at 1:00 the First Memorial Funeral Home (4725 Falaise Drive).