It is with a deep sense of loss that we announce the passing of Ruth Irene Stubbs on May 4th, 2010 at 1:30 PM. Ruth was the cherished wife of Robert Stubbs, and mother of Daniel and Christopher Cunin and their partners Alexandra and Paula. Christopher’s son, Ashton, and Daniel’s much-anticipated twin girls will miss their grandmother. This remarkable woman was born November 12, 1944 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. As a passionate community member, Ruth put her heart and soul into the Quesnel and District Museum and Archives for over 20 years, mentoring countless staff and volunteers; passionately teaching school groups; and working closely with the First Nations community on an exhibit to honour their rich history. Ruth’s career was highlighted by receiving the Distinquished Service Award from the British Columbia Museum Association in October 2006.
People said April, her bright red Ford Granada that was parked outside the museum, should have been IN the museum! Family and friends endlessly mocked her car but Ruth always said “She purrs.”
Ruth’s extraordinary smile and vibrant laughter filled a room with energy and light. Her wild sense of humour, her love of music, her ability to engage with all walks of life, her tenacity and willingness to dive into any challenge is part of our deep love and appreciation for this woman.
Ruth touched many lives in Quesnel and we welcome you to a “Celebration of Life” at the West Fraser Timber Room on Tuesday May 11, 2010 from 2:30-5:00. Please bring meaningful photos, poems, stories, love and respect as there will be a display table and open mike for expressing these stories.
The family wishes to thank Dr. M Smit, Dr. M. Evans, the home care nurses, palliative care volunteers and workers, nurses at GR Baker Memorial Hospital and Quesnel Hospice and countless others who supported Ruth, Robert and family through this journey. In lieu of flowers, donations are being collected for the Quesnel District Palliative Care Association or the “Community Cancer Care in Quesnel”.