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Ruby Annie Mackinnon (Gibbon)

September 24, 1920 - March 28, 2017


It was with great sadness that our mother, Ruby MacKinnon (nee Gibbon) slipped away on March 28, 2017 after a short illness. She was surrounded by family and gentle staff at Jubilee Manor during her last days. Ethel Gibbon, Ruby’s mother, was visiting family in England when Ruby was born on September 24th, 1920. When Ruby was six months old, she, her mother and 3 older siblings rejoined her father in Calgary Alberta where they lived for a further five years.The Gibbon family of five now, moved to Nelson and a home on Silica Street for a few years before moving to Fairview then back to Silica Street for Ruby’s high school years. During her early years Ruby spent many a happy day at Lakeside Park, “after the chores were done’’, Gyro Park pool, skating in the back yard, going to the Capital Theatre and sleigh riding down Silica
Street during the winter. She had a great love for dancing and learned to tap dance, Scottish and Irish dance at a young age. She danced in local acts, church Christmas parties, whenever she could. Her schooling was obtained from Hume school,Central School and later the Nelson High School. After high school, she worked at Kelly Douglas warehouse in Nelson and on the SS Nasookin as a waitress in the dining room.
In 1943 Ruby traveled to Galt, Ontario then Halifax, Nova Scotia for training in the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRENs) before being stationed in London, England. She worked as a teletype operator in a bunker a hundred feet below the streets of London. Ruby sent the coded teletype message to Canada that announced D-day. Before she signed up, she met the love of her life Hallam MacKinnon, while playing badminton at the Procter Hall. After a long courtship, prolonged by World War II, Hallam proposed and they were married in Nelson on September 22, 1945. Ruby and Hallam built a home on the family dairy farm in Procter and raised six kids of their own and four foster children over the years. The farm life was hard work and very busy with raising kids and animals, planting and harvesting crops and running a farm. Ruby was always involved with the United Church in Procter, various school activities, community groups and functions that helped keep the Procter community thriving. After the passing of Hallam in 1974 and the kids leaving the nest, Ruby met and married a lovely gentleman, Larry Cobb.

Ruby had a vibrant personality that made her special to her family and the community; the kettle was always on and she welcomed all into her home. Ruby had an unlimited amount of time and energy for her grandkids and great grandkids with a homemade remedy for every calamity, whether it be a poultice or an oatcake. She is predeceased by her siblings: Arthur (Jean) Gibbon, Olive (Ken) Reese, Margaret (Norm) MacLeod, Don Gibbon, her husband Hallam, daughter Holly, grandson Scott and second husband Larry Cobb.

She is survived by children: Don (Barb) MacKinnon, Grant(Alison)MacKinnon, Gerry MacKinnon(Kathy Reiner), Sheilah (George) Fofonow, Laurie (Allen) Pollard; Grandchildren: Jodi(Chris) Wouters, Mitchell MacKinnon, Adrienne MacKinnon,Marla(Walter) Sokolowski, Rory MacKinnon (Ashley MacDonald), Cody Pollard (Katie Owens), Jenna
(Braden) Job, Erika MacKinnon; Great-grandchildren: Callum, Jaydon, Matthew, Jamin, Emma, Nelson, Lyncoln, Indiah, Eva and Finn.
A service and reception for her remembrance will be held Saturday,May 13, 2017 at 2 pm at the Balfour Covenant Church 7741 Upper Balfour Road, Balfour, BC.
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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: James & MarrianeTaylor
Relation: Friend

We are saddened by your loss. May peace and comfort be with you during this difficult time. I will always remember your MOM as a feisty and enjoyable person to be around. She will be missed.

From: Hollie Wheeler
Relation: friend

We always enjoyed seeing Ruby come through our door, we had lots of good visits. She was a treasure.We send wishes out to all her family at this time as you say farewell.
With kind remembrance
Hollie Wheeler & Sam Lazenby and family

From: Lynne Betts
Relation: Neighbour

Dear Barb, Donand family,
So sorry to hear that Ruby has passed. She was always a kind and inspiring neighbour. I always think of her walking Sassy and then Shamus. One very icey day Norma and I were out walking years ago and we ran into Ruby who also out braving the weather and winter walking conditions. She was an inspiration and I bet she didn’t let much slow her down. I am sorry for your sadness at this time. Love Lynne

From: Gerrie Melnechuk
Relation: friend

Sheila and family… so sorry for your loss. Ruby was a delight to know and I loved her smile! May she rest in peace. Gerrie Melnechuk

From: George & Flo Commandeur
Relation: Friend

Always sad to see a love one pass away. However, Ruby had a long productive life to be celebrated by family and all who knew her.
Our condolences to all the family. George & Flo

From: Judy Laing Brown
Relation: Former neighbour.

Heartfelt condolences to the MacKinnon family on the loss of your Mom. She was a wonderful neighbour.May you find comfort in your memories.

From: M Joey Gatchell
Relation: friend of her son

Don, Barb, Jodi & family, I am so sorry to hear of Ruby’s passing. Keeping you all in my prayers!
Joey Gatchell

From: Jessie Renzie
Relation: friend

Dean and I are very sorry to hear of Ruby’s passing. She was such a dynamic and interesting lady. We will always remember her for the sense of community she always displayed. Her tireless energy- nothing ever seemed to slow her down. Perhaps, of all the things Ruby accomplished in her life, her greatest legacy is the wonderful children she raised. She was so very proud of all of you.

From: Moyna Laing
Relation: Friend of Ruby's children

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all Ruby’s family. You have lost a warm and loving lady who was always ready to lend a hand when needed. Procter would not have been the same without her support. Thinking of you Moyna Laing nee Paulhus

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Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
May 13, 2017
Beginning at 2:00pm

Balfour Covenant Church
7741 Upper Balfour Road

7741 Upper Balfour Road

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Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
110-1525 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON, K1Z 8R9

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