Ruth’s pass­ing loss to many

Midland Reporter - - Opinion -

THE com­mu­nity is mourn­ing the loss of com­puter men­tor Ruth Jo­pling, who died sud­denly last month af­ter a short ill­ness.

The well-known Les­mur­die res­i­dent was in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up the Jack Healey Cen­tre Com­puter Group for Se­niors.

Group spokesman Roger Jen­nings said Ms Jo­pling be­gan as a tu­tor with the com­puter group shortly af­ter she ar­rived in Kala­munda and soon af­ter took over as co-or­di­na­tor.

“Since 2004 more than 1000 lo­cal se­niors have been in­tro­duced to us­ing com­put­ers or ex­panded their skills,” he said.

“She will be sadly missed by both the mem­bers of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee and the stu­dents who at­tended the cour­ses.”

Son David Petts said he re­mem­bered vividly when his mum em­braced the com­puter age.

“I was work­ing at Com­paq Com­put­ers at the time and even though my role was not tech­ni­cal, I be­came mum’s IT sup­port line,” he said.

“It wasn’t long be­fore the calls be­gan to de­cline, as mum be­came more and more com­puter lit­er­ate. So much so that she even­tu­ally turned from novice to teacher. Each time I spoke to her, she had bought an­other com­puter or re­lated ac­ces­sory to the point where her house was a lot like mis­sion con­trol.”

Ruth Jo­pling will be missed.

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