Ruth Bethia Coleman

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Ruth Coleman of Quesnel, British Columbia in Sherwood Park, Alberta on July 11, 2012.

Ruth was born on February 13, 1927 to Arthur and Sarah Patchett. She was the seventh of eight children and enjoyed a wonderful childhood on the family ranch outside of Merritt, B.C. She attended school in Vancouver in her teens and followed her family to Quesnel when they relocated to start A.L. Patchett & Sons Logging. She met Edward Grenville (Bob) Coleman in Quesnel and they married in 1948. She was a devoted and loving wife for over 47 years as their family and business grew.

She worked at Overwaitea for several years before becoming a stay at home parent to her five children. She was a fun-loving and carefree mom and her home was the neighbourhood hub for kids and parents. She naturally became a caregiver in her later years because of the depth of her loyalty and love. Her sense of humour and quick wit were her trademark throughout her 85 years. Her love of animals was contagious and her generosity led her to volunteer or contribute to numerous organizations such as the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the ALS Society and the SPCA.

Ruth is survived by her three daughters: Cathryn (Dennis), Louise (Monique) and Sarah (Tom); ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two sisters. She is predeceased by her beloved husband Bob, her cherished sons William (Bill) and Victor, her parents, and five brothers.

A service was held in Quesnel on

August 10, 2012 to celebrate Ruth’s life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the ALS Society or the SPCA of B.C.