Helen "Ruth" MacDonald
The death occurred peacefully at the Prince County Hospital, on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020, of Helen "Ruth" (Wright) MacDonald of Crapaud in her 93rd year. She was predeceased by less than a month by her beloved husband and life partner for 69 years, Norman MacDonald. Born on March 3, 1928 daughter of the late Walter and Helen (Bishop) Wright, Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Survived by her children Jim (Lucie Anne), Waverley; Liz (Ron) Maynard, Port Hill; Frank (Sandra), Crapaud; and Holly (Keith), Ottawa. Proud grandmother/great grandmother to Saya (Caroline) Gahungu and their children Helena and Theo, Winnipeg; Laura (James), Halifax; Maryella (Josh) and their children Lucy and Hugh, Port Hill; Hannah (Trent), Calgary; Amanda (Brett), Halifax; Spencer (Lauren), Fort Augustus; Alex (Stephanie), Crapaud; Casey, Ottawa and Naomi (Ben), Toronto. Lovingly remembered by brothers Charles Wright, Summerside and George Wright (Phyllis), Waterford, her sister –in-law, Margaret "Rosie"Watts, Sudbury, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter Marylea, dear grandson Angus MacDonald Van Walraven, sister, Mary Bradshaw, sisters-in-law, Marie Wright, Jean "Buddie" Myers, Annalea Weeks, brothers-in-law, Reg Bradshaw, Arnold Taylor, Ernest Weeks, Ralph Myers, Randy Watts, and parents-in-law Frank and Margaret MacDonald. Ruth lived a long and happy life and was loved by all who had a chance to know her and to be close to her. After growing up in a loving home in Searletown, PE, Ruth attended Prince of Wales College graduating in 1948. She was a very bright and hardworking student and was the recipient of many academic awards. Ruth taught in several rural schools and delivered high quality education to all of her students. Ruth’s dedication was a game changer for many. In 1951 after marrying Norman, a fourth generation farmer, Ruth embraced the rural life. She supported Norman with his farming pursuits and with him, raised their five children in a loving and nurturing environment. The home overflowed with books and music and laughter. Ruth lovingly provided all the resources her children needed for their education and the pursuit of their many interests. Ruth welcomed her daughters and sons-in-law into the family fold and was a loving and engaged Nanny for her grandchildren and great grandchildren who in return kept her young at heart. Every family milestone was recognized by Ruth with a hand written letter to the recipient. She never forgot anyone. Ruth generously contributed to the community to the benefit of many. Women’s Institute, United Church Women, Abegweit Branch UEL, Order of the Eastern Star, Crystal Chapter, and school associations are but a few examples of where Ruth donated her talents. Ruth’s contributions to these groups included baking pies, keeping the minutes, contributing information for a book, "An Island Refuge" and so on. Whatever was needed Ruth simply got on with it and did it in her quiet and thorough way. In her later years, Ruth continued to inspire all with her resilience in overcoming many significant health challenges that could have flattened an average person. Ruth refused to give up on her life with her dear Norman and her family who adored the ground she walked on. The family would like to take this time to thank the South Shore Villa and the Prince County Hospital for the care and comfort given to our mother during the past few months. Thanks also to Ed and Marion Miller, great neighbors to Norman and Ruth on the MacDonald Road and this friendship continued as our parents made their home in the South Shore Villa. Arrangements entrusted to Dawson Funeral Home, Crapaud. Condolences may be made on line at the Funeral Home website, www.dawsonfh.com. A celebration of Ruth and Norman's lives will take place at a later date. If so desired memorial donations may be made to South Shore United Church or PCH Foundation.