Melda "Ruth" Dixon
1923 - 2016
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Melda Ruth Dixon (nee Quigley) at the Misericordia Health Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba on Friday, December 23, 2016 at the age of 93.
Ruth was predeceased by her husband Walter Dixon; sisters, Grace, Elsie, Nina, Eileen and her brothers, Don, Jim, and Frank.
She is lovingly remembered by her daughter Wendy (Leland) and son Wayne (Penelope); cherished grandchildren, Christy, Brad, Chelan (Ryan) and Geoff (Rachel) and great granddaughters, Lily, June, Quinn and Mila. She has a great many nieces and nephews across Canada, England, Scotland and in the USA.
Ruth was born in Mawer, Saskatchewan and lived in the following Saskatchewan communities: Bemersyde, Corning, Ryerson, Maryfield, Estevan, Moose Mountain Provincial Park and Carlyle. She spent the last two years in Winnipeg. For several years she was a teacher in several schools, and spent several years on a farm at Bemersyde. She was active in line dancing, and loved listening to music as well as playing her piano. She loved cross country skiing and curling. She enjoyed playing card games and shuffleboard. She also loved to feed her birds and did a bird count for the Western Producer newspaper.
With her husband, Walter, they built a cabin in Moose Mountain Provincial Park which was initially a weekend/vacation escape but ended up being a permanent home for many years. Throughout her life Ruth had a tremendous work ethic and an open heart for anyone needing a helping hand. She sponsored a child through World Vision for a number of years. She was a enthusiastic hockey fan and never lost hope that her Toronto Maple leafs would once again win the Stanley Cup! She and Walter made numerous trips to watch their grandchildren, participate in their sports of choice. She also loved baseball and was a huge Toronto Blue Jays fan and cheered them on at every opportunity.
Family was always important to Ruth; as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great
grandmother she organized and hosted many family gatherings. She loved seeing her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She always greeted them with a big smile when they arrived for their visits.
The family would like to thank the home care staff while she was in assisted living at Devonshire House II, the staff at the St. Boniface Hospital and the staff at the Victoria General Hospital for their care and support. A special thanks to all the nursing staff and health care aides of Cornish 6 at the Misericordia Health Centre in Winnipeg for the excellent care provided to Ruth.
There will be a Celebration of Life gathering for Ruth in Carlyle, Saskatchewan in the summer of 2017. Details will be posted at www.hallfuneralservices.ca closer to that time.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan.
Melda "Ruth" Dixon