LEARD, Ruth Williams

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

March 8, 1924-April 6, 2017

Passed away peace­fully at her home in Bar­rie, On­tario but her true home was al­ways the Is­land. Pre­de­ceased by her par­ents, Wal­ter and Hazel Leard, sis­ter Mar­jorie and brother Alden, she was the first child born at Summerside Hos­pi­tal on March 8, 1924.She told many sto­ries of an idyl­lic child­hood: baked pota­toes from her father’s potato farm warm­ing cold win­ter skates; be­ing taught by her own brother in a one-room school house; at­tend­ing Cen­tral Bed­eque Bap­tist Church where her Mother and Brother played the or­gan and her Father sang in the choir; and be­ing picked up by her father in a horse drawn sleigh when she re­turned home for Christ­mas. In de­scrib­ing th­ese cher­ished mem­o­ries to her chil­dren, her story-telling skills cre­ated a le­gacy of vivid pic­tures of what life was like for this Is­land girl. Af­ter the pass­ing of her hus­band, Gerry Williams, she re­turned to the Is­land ev­ery sum­mer for 32 years. The Shaw’s Ho­tel in Brack­ley Beach be­came a place she would call home for al­most 6 weeks each sum­mer. There she cre­ated a bond with both the staff and fam­i­lies who re­turned an­nu­ally. It was a cher­ished re­union with uniquely tal­ented, in­tel­li­gent, ad­ven­ture­some peo­ple with whom she cre­ated deep friend­ships. Her chil­dren Rick, Kara and Jeff and their fam­i­lies hon­our her by re­turn­ing this sum­mer to the Shaw’s Ho­tel and to bury her ashes in her fam­ily plot at the Cen­tral Bed­eque Bap­tist Church to com­mem­o­rate and cel­e­brate this beloved woman and a life well lived.

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