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Wakelin, Ruby

1924 — 2020

Ruby Violet Wakelin, beloved wife of the late Earl Wakelin, passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at the age of 95 years.

 A private burial service will be held at Archmount Cemetery prior to the funeral service on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.

 The funeral service will be held at University Drive Alliance Church, 55 Columbia Boulevard West, Lethbridge on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at 1 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our Web site at www.southlandfuneral.com. 

 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; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. 

 Ruby was predeceased by her husband Earl and brother Roy (Pauline) Watson. 

 Ruby was born on the family farm near Pearce, Alta. on Oct. 26, 1924. She attended Free Methodist Bible College in Moose Jaw, Sask. for three years and graduated at the age of 20. She met Earl while he was stationed with the Royal Canadian Air Force at Pearce. They were married in Fort Macleod on Oct. 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, B.C. where they resided for nine years before returning to Lethbridge. Earl passed away in January 1988. Ruby was able to live in her own home until a few days before her passing. Throughout the years she enjoyed travelling, music, painting, sewing and gardening. 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 10 years.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ruby’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200, 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, T2E 2P5 (www.cancer.ca).

 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: 403-223-8778.

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