Gifford, Ruth Claire Ruth Claire Gifford, nee Berry passed away peacefully with
family at her side on April 2, 2017 at Elgin Manor Nursing Home, St. Thomas Ontario
at the age of 84.
Beloved mother of Julie Berry Imbert (Jonathan) of St. Thomas, Jane Luftenegger
(Fred, predeceased), of London, Ontario, Jacqui Clark (John) of Anstruther, Scotland,
Jennifer Gifford (Paul Linck), of London, Ontario and Bob Gifford of Vancouver,
British Columbia, son-in-law, Marty Berry of St. Thomas and daughter-in-law, Jill
Culver of Victoria, British Columbia. Cherished “Grannie” to Lars Berry, Joel Berry,
James Berry, Thomas Berry (Alexandra), Christy Cox (Mick), Paul Luftenegger (Cori),
Emerson Lackey (Sarah), Kate Linck, Sam Clark (Robyn), Kenzie Clark, Jakub Gifford
and Ivy Gifford. She was also the proud great-grandmother of Ben and Ella Cox of
Australia, and looking forward to a brand-new grandchild expected in June. Dear
friend of Mac Gifford (Marian) of Port Stanley, Sally Smith of Bas Cap Pele, New
Brunswick, and Anna Van Den Akker of St. Thomas (predeceased) and the Francis family,
who shared many good times in Toronto and Port Stanley. Also fondly remembered by
many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Ruth was born in St. Thomas on February 28, 1933 to Eulia and Albert Berry, the
youngest of 9 siblings, all predeceased – Ken Berry (Maiden), Dorothy Boughner (Russ),
Iola Melville (Jim), Edythe Walker (Bud), Bob Berry (Vi), Jack Berry (Florence),
Glenn Berry (Lorraine), and Ina Pratt (Budd). She attended Elmdale Public School
and Arthur Voaden Secondary School. She worked as a secretary and then helped launch
a successful St. Thomas & area produce business – Giffords' Farm Markets – with
her husband, Mac Gifford. Ruth had a beautiful singing voice and, in her youth,
often performed solos at local churches. Her love of music was passed on to her
children and grandchildren. She was a formidable scrabble player and a worthy opponent
at cribbage with a wicked sense of humour. A beautiful, beloved woman who will be
greatly missed by all who knew her.
Friends and family are invited to St. Andrews United Church, at 60 West Avenue in
St. Thomas on Monday, April 10 from 1:30 pm to 3 pm to remember and reminisce about
Ruth. A service will follow in the church sanctuary at 3, followed by refreshments.
Flowers may be sent to Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street; memorial donations
may be made to the charity of one's choice.