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Ruth Louise (Southon) McDonald

March 23, 1924 ~ December 16, 2017 (age 93)
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December 16, 2017.  Predeceased by her husband Doug, and her brother Grant Southon of Thunder Bay.  Deeply missed by her children and their families--Leslie, Carmen Bourbonnais and Madeleine; Craig, Elli Hingert and Veda; and Bruce and Glenys Babcock.  Also mourned by her nieces and nephews, and the many others whose lives she touched. 

Ruth was born in Fort William, Ontario on March 23rd 1924, and moved to Toronto as a young single woman.  She met Doug when he spied her reading in a restaurant and asked if he could sit with her.  They were married for 50 years, until his death in 2002.  Their family grew to include three children and two beloved granddaughters, and their lives were enriched by many enduring friendships.

Ruth was a vivacious woman with a thousand watt smile, who demonstrated a keen interest in others and charmed people wherever she went.  She had an indomitable spirit, and retained her ability to delight in the smallest of pleasures until the end of her life.  You can honor her memory by declaring something to be “Wonderful!” every day.

Our thanks are due to Elvira Taguiam and the rest of the wonderful staff at the McCowan Retirement Residence for supporting Ruth over the last few years, and for engaging her with respect, compassion and humour.  We also thank Dr. Moosavian and the staff at the Birchmount site of the Scarborough Hospital for her recent care.

A celebration of Ruth's life will take place on January 27th, 2018 in the community room on the lower level at 2350 Bridletowne Circle, Scarborough, M1W 3E6.  Come to visit with family and friends to share condolences and memories at 2 p.m., with a memorial service at 3 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.  For further information contact Leslie or Carmen at 416.267.9680 or 416.996.4585, or by email at

Donations in Ruth’s name to MSF Canada or the Friends of Killarney Park are welcomed by the family.

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Charitable donations may be made to:

Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders)

Friends of Killarney Park

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