At St. Marys Memorial Hospital on Friday, October 23, 2020 of Thorndale at the age of 79. Beloved wife of Donald Phillips for 60 years. Dear mother of Susan (Brian) Pratten of Thorndale, Don (Rene) Phillips of Thorndale, Ted (Julie) Phillips of London, Kit Kinney (Rob Ward) of Belmont, Bob Phillips of London, David Phillips of Thorndale, Michelle (Eldon) Campbell of Stratford, and Kim (Jim) Judge of Mount Brydges. Loved grandmother of Alex, Jeremy, and Kate; Sarah, Rachel, and Kelly; Bart, Jason, and Sam; Ashley, Brent, Shyla, and Ayden; Jonathan; Brandon, and Owen; Jaxon and Emma; and also remembered by their significant others. Adored great-grandmother of Zackery, Mackenzie, Olivia, Griffin, Jennifer, Ryan, Sophie, Brooklyn, Ben, JJ, Wyatt, Kendra, Brady, Sawyer, Kameron, Bryson, Peyton, Chase, Piper, Tiona, Sebastian, and Rune. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Frank (Eileen) Clark of London Twp. and Jack Bilyea of Mississauga. Ruth will be fondly remembered by her several nieces and nephews, and dear friend Sarah Watkin. Predeceased by her parents Jim and Gladys Clark, parents-in-law Bill and Edna Phillips, her brother-in-law Earle Phillips, and her sisters-in-law Carolyn, Betty, and Roberta.
In the 60’s Ruth and Don operated the coffee shop in Arva before relocating to Don and Ruth’s Variety in Thorndale. In the 70’s she was one of the very first female garbage truck drivers in Ontario. Working alongside her husband Don they operated Phillips Disposal, where they employed many young adults in the Thorndale area. Following in Ruth’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations to JDRF, Heart and Stroke, Parkinson’s Canada, Thorndale Lions Community Centre Building Fund or Medical Centre, or Thorndale Optimist Club would be appreciated by the family.
The Phillips’ family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the nurses, doctors, and all caregivers at both the St. Marys and Stratford Hospitals.