Linda Ruth Ann Watty
Ruth Ann Watty (nee Garlough) passed to her eternal rest on Wed. May 29, 2013 at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener. She was 64. Her death resulted from two major stroke events that had happened in recent weeks.
She was the cherished wife of Frank Watty, and the loving mother of Adrian (Anne) of Vancouver, and Darryl (Jacqueline) of Kitchener. She was Granny to Maxwell (Vancouver), and Ashton (Kitchener). Ruth Ann also leaves behind her brothers, Gordon (Gladys), Bruce (Mary-Ellen), Hugh (Zonia), all of Williamsburg, and Murray (Debbie) of Guelph, as well as many nieces, and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Wilbur and Hilda (Merkley) Garlough of Williamsburg. She will also be remembered by a multitude of relatives-in-law who are scattered over three continents.
Ruth Ann attended primary and secondary school in her local community, and graduated from the University of Guelph (MacDonald Institute) in Child and Family Studies (1970). Most of her working life was spent in her chosen field, working with new immigrants to Canada through English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, and Head Start programs in Kitchener-Waterloo. She served as a teacher, advisory board member, and administrator. She retired at the age of 60. She was an avid gardener, quilter, and orchidist. She was a regular canvasser for several medical related charities in her own community.
Ruth Ann had been “adopted” by the West Indian community through her marriage to Frank. She was loved and admired by both cultures for her (seemingly) easy bridging of the perceived or imagined divide between them. She, Frank, and all their family had managed to visit their Caribbean community (Dominica) together during the Christmas season of 2011.
The funeral arrangements were handled by Erb & Good Family Funeral Home in Waterloo with valued assistance from Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg.
A celebration in gratitude for her life took place on Sat., June 1, at her own family church, First United Church in Waterloo, with Rev. Dr. Bill Steadman officiating, with more than 400 friends and family participating. The interment took place in Bouck’s Hill Cemetery in Williamsburg on Sun., June 2 with arrangements by Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, and service conducted by Rev. Ralph Taylor of Williamsburg United Church.
Her family requests that any memorial donations be directed to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or First United Church in Waterloo.