Carol Ruch (nee Canning)

26/02/1937 - 04/10/2020

Obituary for Carol Ruch (nee Canning)

February 26, 1937 – October 4, 2020

Carol passed away Sunday October 4th, 2020 in her sleep at the age of 83 years, just two weeks’ shy of her and Hans’ 65th wedding anniversary.

Carol was born in Grande Prairie and raised East of Town on a farm, which is now Crystal Lake Subdivision. She rode horses to school and had many stories to tell of the rides to and from, mainly of it being up hill both ways. She was a very strong, independent person. She had her hands in many areas of Grande Prairie and surrounding area, doing the books for Dad, she was a realtor for number of years and worked for St. John Ambulance administering first aid to all the cowboys at Teepee Creek. She taught first aid for many years travelling all over.

She loved to play cards, especially with Hans. They also enjoyed getting together with friends often, the cards were guaranteed to come out after every family meal. She loved to travel, visiting Mexico, Hawaii and throughout the states. Her and Dad were snowbirds for 3 winters in Arizona, as she hated our cold winters. When she was able, she loved to golf, her greatest accomplishment was getting a hole in one at the Grovedale golf course. She took up painting for a number of years and really enjoyed it, until her hands got too shaky. Many of her pictures hang in our homes.

She was a lifetime member of the Royal Purple, serving as Honorable Royal Lady for a term, a convener for 10 years, she volunteered countless hours for many years. Her physical health started to deteriorate leaving her using a walker and it took a toll not being able to do what she loved. She loved her Grandchildren and Great Grandkids, they always put a smile on her face when they came to visit or called.

Carol is survived by her loving husband Hans, daughter Pat (Jim) Stevenson, brothers Dennis and Bev Canning, Don and Lorraine Canning and sister Bonnie and Bob Mass and their families. Grandchildren and spouses: Jamie and Jon Taszlikowicz, Amber and Billy Wheeler, Stacey and Logan Hall. Great Grandchildren: Kingston, McKenzie, Levi, Wyatt, Braelyn, Hayden and Colton.

She was pre-deceased by her son Doug, parents Pearl and Calvin Canning, brother Larry Canning, her in-laws Hans and Anne Ruch, and many sister and brother-in laws.

A Celebration of Carol’s Life will be held on Saturday October 17th, 2020 at the Elks Hall (10806 106 Street) in Grande Prairie, Alberta. There will be two time slots 1pm – 3pm, 3:30pm – 5:30pm to accommodate public gathering restrictions. Please join us for lunch and shared memories of Carol.

If desired, memorial donations may be made in Carol’s memory to the Elks Children’s Fund

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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Hans, so sorry to hear about Carol. Thinking of you at this sad and difficult time. Take care. Veronica & Gary Brown
- Gary Brown

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