It is with very heavy hearts we announce that on Thursday, November 13, 2014, Ruth Ellen Johnston, mother and best friend passed away at home with family at her side after a brief battle with cancer.

Ruth is predeceased by her husband Earle Mervyn Johnston and is survived by daughters Sandra (Edward), Beverley (Les), Anne, Doreen (Bill) and Tammy, 13 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.

Ruth was born and raised in North Sydney, Nova Scotia and moved to Nanaimo in 1974.

She will always be remembered for her great sense of humour.

A very special thank you to all the staff at NRGH Palliative Care Unit, who without your support, we would not have been able to bring Mom home and care for her and also, a special thank you to the nurses on the 6th floor.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Palliative Care Unit at NRGH would be greatly appreciated by her family. 

God saw you getting tired

And a cure was not to be

So he put his arms around you

And whispered “Come to me”

 With tearful eyes we watched you

As you slowly slipped away

And though we loved you dearly

We couldn’t make you stay

 Your golden heart stopped beating

Your tired hands put to rest

God broke our hearts to prove to us

He only takes the best

 Miss you Mom

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