Ruth Rebekah RING

(Oct. 8, 1934 – Jan. 16, 2008)

On January 16, 2008 the angels called at Chilliwack General Hospital for a new choir director. Ruth stepped forward, as always, ready for a new challenge.

Ruth, born in Amherst, NS, was the first child of John and Betty Trenholm. From an early age she studied piano and organ with the Sisters of Charity in Amherst, and then trained as a teacher at Normal College in Truro.

Beginning her teaching career at AVM Morfee School at RCAF Greenwood, she met and married Bill Ring in 1955.

While moving between bases in Greenwood NS, Summerside PEI, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Greenwood again, and North Bay Ontario, Ruth raised four children, and continued to teach piano and lead church choirs at each location. When Bill retired in 1981 they moved to Toronto.

Following a serious motor vehicle accident in 1983 in which Bill lost his life, Ruth spent almost two years in Sunnybrook Hospital after which she moved to a condo in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Because of damage caused by her severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and the car accident, Ruth lost a lot of her dexterity on the piano. Looking for a new challenge Ruth then channeled her interests into organizing a writing group within the condo complex.

In 1996 she married Terry Reynolds in Bermuda and they moved to Chilliwack, BC in 1998.

Continuing her interest in writing she self-published a memoir in 2001 and also facilitated writing groups in both Abbotsford and Chilliwack.

Ruth was predeceased by her parents John and Betty Trenholm, husband Bill, and brothers Jack and Larry.

Survived by husband Terry, children Janice (Rick), Jack (Judy), Shelley (Roger)and Bill (Joanne), grandchildren Allan, Shawna, Justin, Joseph, Isaac, Karlie and Nicky, also brother Royce (Nicole) in Ottawa.

A memorial service will be held Monday, January 21st at 11:00 a.m. at Carman United Church, Chilliwack, Rev Art Anderson officiating.

Interment at North Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, Nova Scotia at a date to be determined.

Special thanks to Dr. Ken Harder and the nursing staff at Chilliwack General Hospital.

Donations may be made to Carman United Church or the charity of your choice.