Ruth Elizabeth Christmas
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ruth Elizabeth (Paul) Christmas on September 7, 2013 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
Born in Sydney, she was the daughter of the late Percy and Isabelle Paul.
Ruth served her community in many capacities, for over 35 years she was a dedicated Alcohol and Drug counselor. She was a former Band Councilor, Membertou Education Committee member, President of Membertou Ladies Club, Vice President of Native Women's Association, Inter Agency Committee member, Member and Board of Director; Mi'kmaw Family and Children's Services of Nova Scotia, Breast Cancer Survivor and Membertou Breast Cancer Committee member, Membertou Seniors Club and Membertou's Club 55 member. Ruth enjoyed annual pilgrimage trips to St. Anne De Beaupre, Quebec. In addition, her most memorable pilgrimage was her two visits to Medjugorje, Croatia. The Membertou Citizen of the Year Award was established in the memory of her son Bradley.
A loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she is survived by her daughters, Johanna (Keith) LaPorte, Bernadette Christmas(Mary), Diana Christmas(Kate), Paula (Mark) Sevestre, Ruth Christmas (Farid); sons, Kevin (Wendy), Gary (Angela), Keptin Dean(Colleen); sister, Dolores (Steve) Buckland, Oakville, ON; 17 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; godchildren, Barry Moore Jr., Anita Mae Paul, Lucy Joe 'Lulu' Christmas, Anna Marshall and Dennis Nevins; good friends, Pauline Bernard, Viola Christmas, Isabel Paul and Katie McEwan; many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by husband, Bernard; son, Bradley Thomas Christmas; sisters, Isabelle Fillmore, Dorothy Maracle, and Cecilia Marshall; brothers, Percy Paul, Ronald 'Ron' Paul , Lawrence Paul, Vincent Paul and Daniel Paul.
Special thanks to Jackie and the palliative care unit, Bernice at the CBR Wound Clinic, and Membertou Home Care staff, including , Jenny , Madeline, Denise, April, Ashley, Felicia and Heather.
Visitation will be held after 7 p.m. on Monday, September 9 at 168 Membertou Street, Membertou. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 11 at St. Anthony Daniel Church , Sydney . Fr. Bill Burke will officiate. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks. Salite and dinner to follow at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.twcurry.com