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Ruth Simmons

October 5, 1924 - February 23, 2018

Ruth Simmons: October 5, 1924 - February 23, 2018, Winnipeg MB

Service Date: April 16, 2018

Funeral Home Ottawa - Westboro Chapel


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Ruth Waldron Simmons (nee Mooney)


Peacefully, February 23, 2018, at the Maples Personal Care Home in Winnipeg at the age of 93 years. Ruth was predeceased by, her beloved husband Norman.  She is survived by her son Kent, daughter-in-law Liz Dillon, sister-in-law Constance Mooney, nephews Bill (Sally) and David Mooney, nieces Shirley (Frank) Leech and Norma Simmons, nephew Doug (Peggy) Simmons and cousin Lori Davidson.  Ruth is also predeceased by her brother Robert, her nephew Peter Mooney and her niece Joan Eustace (Mike).  Born and raised in Ottawa, Ruth obtained her nursing diploma from the Kingston General Hospital where she met Norm, also from Ottawa, studying engineering at Queen’s University.  Norm and Ruth were married October 22, 1949 at the All Saints Anglican Church in Westboro.  Ruth graduated from the Bachelor of Nursing program at the University of Ottawa in 1968 and then in 1972 returned to the UOttawa to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Public Health Nursing.  Ruth worked for the Victorian Order of Nurses for several years before joining the Federal Government.  She retired from the Drug Reaction Branch in 1989.  Members of the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, both Norm and Ruth enjoyed playing golf immensely. A highlight for Ruth in a long golfing career was a hole in one.  Travelling was also a pastime they enjoyed. One of their favourite destinations was golfing at Jekyll Island, Georgia. An avid gardener and bird watcher, Ruth was also a Master bridge player.  At the end of 2015, Ruth moved to Winnipeg to be near her son and daughter-in-law.  Kent and Liz would like to thank the staff at the Maples Nursing Home for their kindness. It was truly appreciated.  As per Ruth’s wishes cremation has taken place. (Desjardins Funeral Home, Winnipeg).  A Celebration of Ruth’s life will take place in Ottawa on Monday, April 16th. 11:00 a.m. at the Westboro Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 403 Richmond Road (at Roosevelt).   Interment to follow at Capital Memorial Gardens.  If so desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the charity of your choice. Condolences, tributes and donations may be made at



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