Peacefully, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 of Exeter Villa and formerly of Kippen in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late Orville Workman (2000) for over 50 years. Dear mother of Lynda and Tom Ford of Rodney and Tom and Joyce Workman of Kippen. Ruth cherished her grandchildren: Murray and Kristin Workman of Kippen, Cheryl and Adam Garniss of Wingham, Marcy and Matthew McKillop of Mt. Brydges, Natalie and Shawn Gillis of Wardsville, Roberta and Nathan Falk of Crystal City, Manitoba, Laura Ford and Brock Smith, and Andrew Ford. She was always interested in hearing about her great-grandchildren: Dean and Kate Workman, Ainsley and Evelyn Garniss, Gavin McKillop, Charles and Nora Gillis, and Ava Falk. Dear sister of Mary Aldwinckle of Ottawa and sister-in-law of Phyllis Thompson of Clinton. Predeceased by her brother Robert (Robin) Thompson, brothers-in-law Robert Aldwinckle and Lloyd Workman (Mary) and her parents Robert and Clarissa (Elliot) Thompson.
Ruth graduated from Westervelt College and worked in London for a few years before her marriage to Orville. They enjoyed travel and spent many winters together in Florida. Ruth was a bookkeeper at Hensall Livestock Sales and Corey Livestock Sales, Clinton. She was an avid historian, and wrote the book “Kippen and its Families”, and most recently researched the Workman Family. She also enjoyed the book committee and research for “Tuckersmith Memories 1835-1985”. Ruth was always interested in community and loved visiting with people and had been a resident of the Exeter Villa since 2001.
Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, Exeter (1 street west of Main) on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. The funeral service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, Kippen on Saturday, December 22nd at 11 AM with Colin Synder officiating. Interment Hensall Union Cemetery.
Donations to the C.N.I.B would be appreciated by the family.Ruth Evelyn (Thompson) Workman
Dear Lynda and Tom: My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. I will have always have fond memories of your Mom who put up with all of our youthful adventures. Her humour and great spirit is a great legacy for all of you.
Thinking of you.
So sorry to here about your mom.
Lynda and Tom,
I was so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing; she was a wonderful Aunt to me. I had a lot of fun on our visits to the farm.
The Workman Family:
So sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time…
Paul, Keith, & Jessie Shanks
Dear Lynda, Tom & Families,
Wishing you peace and comfort as you mourn a treasured life.
Kathy & Andy
Dear Lynda and Tom: Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother. We have many fond memories of our visits with Ruth. She was a great friend to our mother Mabel, especially during their time together at the Exeter Villa. We always appreciated her thoughtfulness. Our most sincere condolences.
Doug, Eleanor and Barb Stanlake
Joanna and Ethan Wallace
To the Workman family,
Cherish the memories and celebrate a life well lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ethan and Joanna and family
Barbara Cassin (Workman)
This has been a very special person in my life & will be truly missed.
Oh yes, a great spirit , a no nonsence person even when living in the dark.
Hugs to all your lovely family Ruth.
Lulu Carson and Lenore Hayman
We’ll never forget Ruth’s sense of humour and the fun times we spent at your farm. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Keith and Mary Grace Graham-Doner
Dear Lynda & Tom and family,
So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I fondly remember her from visits at your place and at Kintyre church. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Mary Grace & Keith
Exeter Villa Residents and Staff
The residents and staff of Exeter Villa, join our hearts in an expression of sympathy and condolence to you and your family at this time of sorrow. May the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. We’ll miss Ruth’s love of life and her independant spirit.
Jean (Gillies) Zimmer
Lynda, Tom & families”
We were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.
You are in our hearts & prayers.
Frank & Jean
Ann (Rivers) Preszcator
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.