Ruby Evelyn Dawley
December 3, 1918 – November 18, 2007
Ruby Evelyn Dawley passed away peacefully on Sun., Nov. 18, 2007 at the St. Lawrence Lodge in Brockville. She was 88.
She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Basil Dawley of Winchester (2001), and by her youngest son, Glen of Blind River, Ont (1983). She is survived by four children; Leslie (Helen) of Kingston, Dwayne (Ruth) of Edmonton, Carole (Ferenc) Miklian of Morrisburg, and Carman (Heather) of Calgary. She was the cherished grandmother of 12: Jeffrey, Kevin, Janice, Lorinda, Steven, Tracey, Nancy, David, Sarah, Mitchell, Christopher, and Tina, as well as a loving great-grandmother to five. She was the dear sister of Lola Cumming, Beulah Richdale, and Maynard Cinnamon.
She was born and raised in the Harmony area attending the Ormond Public School. As a wartime bride, she accompanied her new husband to Vancouver, BC and the Queen Charlotte Islands where Basil served in the R.C.A.F. during the Second World War. In 1945 they returned to Winchester and took over the Dawley family farm where they raised five children.
Ruby and Basil operated a family farm and several businesses in the Winchester area for many years. They were well known and respected as purebred Holstein breeders, business entrepreneurs, sports enthusiasts, and very active in both local and provincial politics.
Ruby supported her husband and her children in each and every endeavour in which they participated. She was equally as comfortable and capable milking cows, as she was baking pies in the kitchen.
After the passing of her husband, she spent five wonderful years living in the Hartford Retirement Centre in Morrisburg, and for a brief period in St. Lawrence Lodge.
She enjoyed many pastimes including, gardening, golfing, curling, and playing cards. She was an avid sports fan and cheered on her favourite teams, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Toronto Blue Jays with fervour.
She will be forever remembered for her caring nature, her generous spirit, her mischievous sense of humour, and her unwavering devotion to her family.
The funeral service was held at the Winchester Funeral Home Chapel on Sat., Nov. 24 and was followed by a reception in the Sunday School Hall of the Winchester United Church. The pallbearers included grandsons Jeffrey, Kevin and Stephen Dawley, David Miklian, and nephews Brian and Dennis Cinnamon.
Our sincere thanks to Rev. Bob Williams who conducted the funeral service, and to Tammy McRae, who provided the musical leadership. Our appreciation is also extended to the UCW members who provided the refreshments, and to all the staff at both the Hartford Retirement Centre in Morrisburg and the St. Lawrence Lodge in Brockville for their loving care of our mother.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or the Heart and Stroke Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.
The Dawley family
Ruby, A Precious Gem…..
(by granddaughter Nancy Miklian)
Today we shed a tear
For a remarkable strong lady
With a heart of gold and a loving smile,
So sweet and sincere
“Ruby, a precious gem indeed.”
A class act all the way,
With perfect make-up, hair and nails
And a unique pin on every coat and sweater
She was a beauty queen everyday
“Ruby, a precious gem through and through.”