MOORE, Ruth Caroline Mary (nee Belcher) passed peacefully out of this life on July 3rd, 2010 at The Al Hogg wing of Peace Arch Hospital. She was 87 years old. Ruth was predeceased by her friend and companion of 55 years, Elizabeth Ross and her two beloved brothers, Claude and Clare Belcher.
Ruth is survived by her many nieces and nephews and their families. Jean Pinto (nee Belcher) of Grand Forks, Melanie Davis (nee Belcher) of Victoria, Brian Belcher of Victoria. She is also survived by many great nieces and nephews, who will all miss her dearly.
Ruth was born in Kelliher Saskatchewan on December 30, 1922. She was the youngest child of Elizabeth Mary Dee and Alfred Belcher. When Ruth was in her early teens the family moved to Victoria B.C. Her father worked for the postal service and her mother baked wonderful bread in her home to earn the extra money needed during the depression.
When the WW11 came, Ruth enlisted in the Canadian Air Force. She served with pride as an Aircraftswoman 1st Class, and was the recipient of a Canadian Volunteer Service Medal. She had a wonderful combination of beauty and brains, and was chosen to leave her desk and travel about B.C. on behalf of the Air Force recruiting office. She was a model many times for Air Force recruiting posters.
In the early 1950’s, encouraged by her brothers Claude and Clare, Ruth sat for her Real Estate Board exams and became a certified agent at a time when there were few women in that profession. She had a long and successful career in Real Estate with H.A. Roberts Real Estate Co. of Vancouver.
Ruth and her companion Betty were dearly loved in the community. They had a home in Burnaby for many years before they retired to White Rock. They were summer residents in their recreation trailer at Birch Bay, Wa.
Both were enthusiastic gardeners. Ruth was justifiably famous for her collection of begonias she saved in her greenhouse and set out each year. They traveled the world together, golfed, doggy walked, and spent most summers on the beach. Their many nieces and nephews loved to go and visit `the Aunties’ where there was always Ginger Ale in fancy glasses, accompanied by cake and chocolates.
Even though Ruth was bedridden during her last days in Peace Arch hospital, she was always remarkable cheerful. Conversations with her were always uplifting. She appreciated her nurses and her family and said she was happy because people took such good care of her. We will miss our dear Aunty Ruth very much.
No service by request. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Canadian Veterans Association.