1924 - 2020
Ruby Violet Wakelin, beloved wife of the late Earl Wakelin, passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the age of 95 years.
A private burial service was held at Archmount cemetery prior to the funeral service on Friday, February 14, 2020.
The Funeral Service was held at University Drive Alliance Church, 55 Columbia Boulevard West, Lethbridge on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 1:00 P.M.
Ruby will be missed by her six children Phil (Dianna) Wakelin of Fort Macleod, Joy (Ron) Ewasiuk of St. Albert, Harvey Wakelin of Fort Macleod, Hal (Yvonne) Wakelin of Lethbridge, Doris Petherbridge of St. Albert and Mavis (Paul) Kaufman of Westlock; ten grandchildren Richard (Letisha), Brent (Carolynn), Michelle (Andrew), Amy, David (Jodie), Sheena (Jon), Mallory (Jordan), Wesley (Joanne), Ben and Crystal (Tyler); nineteen great grandchildren Samantha (Bill), Kurtis (Kayla) (and her daughter Aurora), Zachary, Patience, Miles, Anthony, Madison (Josiah), Sydney, Grant, Tessa, Annabelle, Jagger, Isla, Sophia, Madeline, Jaxon, Nixon, Charlotte and Violet. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
She was predeceased by her husband Earl Wakelin and her brother Roy (Pauline) Watson.
Ruby was born on the family farm near Pearce, Alberta on October 26, 1924. She attended Free Methodist Bible College in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for three years and graduated at the age of twenty. She met Earl while he was stationed with the Royal Canadian Air Force at Pearce, Alberta. They were married in Fort Macleod on October 27, 1944. They started farming near Fort Macleod by the Oldman River in 1947 where all their children were born. In 1966, they opened the King Koin Launderette in Lethbridge followed by two others over the next few years. They moved into Lethbridge in 1967. In 1972, they moved to Abbotsford where they resided for nine years before returning to Lethbridge. Earl passed away in January of 1988. Ruby was able to live in her own home until a few days before her passing. Throughout the years she enjoyed traveling, music, painting, sewing and gardening. She loved to share her memories of early life on the farm with family and friends. Ruby was blessed throughout her life with a sharp mind and wit. Her love of flowers was displayed in her sun room and in large flower gardens at the farm. Ruby has been a faithful member of the Alliance Church since 1944 and was the organist for ten years.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ruby’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 2P5 www.cancer.ca.