Ruth Doreen BROWN
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BROWN, Ruth Doreen On February 6, 2018, in hospital, surrounded by family. Ruth was the mother of David Johnson (the late Nancy Chong), Andrew Johnson (Jane French) and the late Marc Johnson (Roselyn) and proud Bubby of Gemma Johnson and Joshua Johnson (Tierza). Born in Toronto in 1931, she grew up in Cabbagetown with her beloved parents Anne and Abbey Brown, her sister, the late Marilee Weisman and a large extended family. A graduate of Jarvis CI, University of Toronto (BPHE, B.Ed), Toronto Teachers College and OISE (M.Ed), Ruth spent 30 years teaching in Toronto public schools, including Rose Avenue, Old Orchard School and Sprucecourt. She was devoted to kids in inner city schools where she used folktales from Italy, West Africa and China (Pinocchio, Anansi and Monkey King) to highlight the value of stories from global cultures. Her dedication to education was channeled into many projects: the school reader CORE about the people and history of Cabbagetown, an award-winning film, hand-made cloth books and booklets about Torontonians from culturally diverse backgrounds. Ruth loved films, jazz, her cats and dogs, collecting art and antiques, reading, traveling and debating political and social issues, including women's rights. She was a fighter, a visionary and a force of nature. At her request, funeral arrangements were private. There will be no shiva. A celebration of Ruth's life will be held Sunday, February 25th at 2 p.m. at the Women's Art Association (23 Prince Arthur Ave., Toronto). If desired, donations to L.E.A.F. or the Native Women's Resource Centre are welcome.

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Published in Toronto Star on Feb. 17, 2018.
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February 20, 2018
I had heard this from Jane and you have my deepest sympathy and good energies.
Kerri MacDonald
February 20, 2018
Ruth was a longstanding member of the Women's Art Association of Canada. She enjoyed the members and many of the activities and could always be counted on for an intelligent opinion on just about any subject. We shall miss Ruth's warmth and vitality. With sincerest condolences to Ruth's family, Dale Butterill, President.
February 20, 2018
Dearest Andrew uncle,Jane aunty,David uncle ,Shanthi Periamma,Gemma,Joshi and Tierza

Our Deepest condolences for the loss of Ruth grandma, who though we have not met in person shared great respect and affection with our family.May grandma's soul rest in peace and she definitely has made a difference in many people's lives as a teacher.Hope Gemma and Joshi carry on the good works of grandma.
Love from
Grace (Rani)& Padmanabhan
Krupa & Balakumar
Manu & Uday
Krupa P
February 19, 2018
David and family, I'm so sorry. I met your mom only once when we had a lunch together at a Garden Club show and your obituary is a wonderful description of her. I was delighted by her stories and moved at how deeply she cared for you. We had a very funny e-mail dialogue afterwards as she struggled to download your photo! I wish her health could have been as robust as her sense of humour.
February 19, 2018
Andrew and family, our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Susan Alexander
February 17, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
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