HAMMOND, Ruth - Passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
Born on January 6th, 1927 to Sidney and Grace Milligan, Ruth spent her formative years in depression era Holland Landing. Not easy years in many ways but they provided a wealth of magical stories for her children; Colleen (Jim), Terry (Colleen), Gaye and Rick (Bob). (Ruth lost her first child Rodney as an infant).
The Milligan's moved to Toronto when Ruth was a young teenager, later meeting her beloved Bud (Henry Hammond) at the end of the war... another great story...tripping over this soldiers big feet at a wedding, she pretended to be indignant. A friend nudged ... "You're going to marry that guy". The love they shared over the years (before and after Dads death at 57) was an example to all her children.
A love of home was paramount.
From our childhood home in Scarborough, the hobby farm in Rockwood, the rescue of an an old Brantford home, to her last home in Belleville. Every place was touched with her powerful energy and warmth. Ruth's homes showcased her love of gardening and provided a loving environment for the fortunate dogs, cats, chickens and goats (among many others) that found their way into her care.
Ruth was the oldest sibling, losing her sister and friend Dona Cowgill in 2011, remaining close to her brother-in-law Bert. She is survived by her youngest sister Sharon Nelson (Peter). Sharon forever cherishes the special bond that exists between sisters.
A loving Grandma. She received great respect from her grandsons Chris(Toula), Brian (Neddie), Mark (Evelyn), Jason and Danny. Also, a loving Great Grandmother to Gryphon, Phoenix and Zachary.
Aunt Ruth will be fondly remembered by all her 43 nieces and nephews.
Then there was the "Hammond clan". Once ensconced, forever bound! Dad was one of eleven children, producing cousins that totalled 37 and so on and so on! She cherished the entire gang and loved the fact that we still gathered together for picnics and Christmas dinners.
Special thanks to her doctors, nurses and care workers who provided her with first class care. You made a difference. Your comfort and support helped us to fulfill Mom's wish to die at home with dignity.
As per Mom's wishes there will be no service. Cremation has occurred, with internment planned in the spring. The immediate family has honoured Mom at a private gathering. A special recognition is planned at the family picnic in July.
Mom donated to a few causes. Her favourites were to Cancer, Heart and Stroke, Diabetes and the food program at Bridge Street United Church.
Mom we carry you in our hearts forever. With every beat we think of you.