It is with heavy hearts the family announces the peaceful passing of Ruth Alice Baxter at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Tuesday, July 28th, 2020. She was born April 14th, 1943 in Upham, NB to the late Roy and Alice (Keith) Fletcher.
Ruth is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Carl Baxter, son Keith (Cindy) and their children, Carly (Bernard) and Carter (Chelsey), daughter Carlene and her children, Erin (Aidan), Allyson and Abby and great-grandson Rory. She is also survived by her brother Keith (Shirley) Fletcher, sisters Audrey (Lloyd) McKinley, Frances (Dale) McAdam and twin brother Roy (Mary) Fletcher, brothers-in-law Harvey (Eileen) Baxter, Gary (Shirley) Baxter, Wayne (Kathy) Baxter and sister-in-law Shirley Rankin, as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her mother and father-in-law Myrtle and George Baxter, brothers and sisters-in-law Donald (Joyce) Baxter, Gerald (Shirley) Baxter and Charlie Rankin.
Ruth graduated from Simonds Regional High School in 1961. She worked at Irving Oil until she chose to stay home and raise her family. When Carl started his own business she worked by his side supporting him in the office for over 40 years.
She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother (Nana). Family always came first for Ruth, she especially loved spending time with her five grandchildren and was very proud of all their accomplishments. Ruth was a lovely baker and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends in the community. She was a talented knitter and was especially known for her baby sets, socks and mitts. Ruth and Carl enjoyed their many trips, cruises and time camping in the trailer.
Ruth had a strong faith which began as a child at St. Peter's Anglican Church Upham, later at All Saints Loch Lomond, where she was a member of the Ladies Guild and more recently a member of St. Mary and St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church. Her church community was important to her and her faith a central part of her life and reflective of the way she lived.
A special thank you to Dr. Burnell and the nurses and staff of SJRH Oncology and Palliative Care Departments.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road (646-2424) where visitation will be held on Monday, August 3rd from 2- 8pm. Staff will be available at the main entrance of the funeral home to assist guests with social distancing measures when they arrive. Please note that physical distancing restrictions will be observed during the gathering. As a result of COVID restrictions, a private family funeral service will be celebrated for Ruth on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 at St. Mary and St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church for invited guests, however friends and those unable to attend will be able to view the funeral service online at http://smsbchurch.com/. For those who wish, donations to St. Mary and St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, SJRH Oncology Dept. or to the charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by her family.
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