April 14, 1954 - October 23, 2013
April 14, 1954 - October 23, 2013
On the Evening of Wednesday, October 23, 2013, Ruby Amanda Deminick (Nelson), age 59 years, passed away at the Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Ruby was born at The Pas, Manitoba, Wednesday, April 14, 1954 to Clifton and Katherine Nelson. She was the 2nd eldest of 14 children. She was raised and received her education in The Pas.
In 1985 Ruby attended the Northern Faculty of Social Work (U of M), Thompson, Mb. She graduated in 1989 with a bachelor of social work degree. Throughout her career as a social worker she resided in many places throughout Manitoba.; Thompson, Flin Flon, Dauphin, The Pas, and Winnipeg. She also went as far north as Edzo, NWT. She touched the hearts , lives and households of a myriad of people and families throughout her travels over those years. Being one of the eldest, she guided and inspired her younger siblings to reach higher goals in life.
In early childhood Ruby was nicknamed "Hurricane Ruby" by her parents. Family and friends were Ruby's passion and delight. She loved to cook, clean, and spend time with her grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She touched the hearts of many people. Ruby had many talents some of which included writing, singing, as well as she really knew how to dance. Ruby also enjoyed giving advice whether you wanted it or not at times but you took it all in regardless. Ruby always seemed to put a smile on her face and those around her. Ruby was very fond of and loved the little things in life no matter how small they were. Her laugh was also very contagious and she seemed to have passed that gene on to her children and grandchildren. as well as her great grandchildren. Ruby was a very beautiful spiritual person, she will continue to shine a continuous ray of light on all of those whose lives she has touched. We have been so blessed to have been able to share so much with her. This is not the end, it's the beginning of better things to come.
Ruby is survived and will lovingly be remembered by her daughter Vanessa (Miles Plamondon) Deminick; her sons Darren (Lindsey) Deminick, Shane (Jennifer) Deminick; ten grandchildren Jenna, Lauren, Morgan, Devan, Noah, Taylor, Ethan, Victoria, Zoe and Nolan; three great grandchildren, Jordan, Trista and Brody; special friend Brian McLeod; sisters Marlene (Glen) McLeod, Brenda (Dan) Friesen, Lillian (Ray) Prevost, Sherry (Donny Lindal) Nelson, Karen (Neil) Nelson-Burkart, Barbara (Justin Pike) Nelson; brothers Lloyd, Charlie (Lisa), Norman, and Wayne Nelson; many nieces and nephews and numerous other relatives.
She was predeceased by her son Kendall Deminick; grandson Jordan Menard; mother and father Katherine and Clifton Nelson; sisters Shirley and Sharon Nelson; brother James Nelson.
Ruby wrote this note that her family would like to share.
“You will never be happy if you continue to hold on to things that make you sad. Forgive people and move forward. Don't live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying what you did to me is okay. It is saying, I'm not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever. Forgiveness is the remedy. It does not mean you are erasing the past, or forgetting what happened. It means you are letting go the resentment and pain, instead of choosing to learn from the incident and moving on with your life. Remember the less time you spend hating the people who hurt you, the more time you will have to love the people who loved you.”
Prayers and visitation was held Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., at the Chapel of Hemauer Funeral Home, The Pas, Manitoba, with James Hemauer presiding. Music ministry was provided by the Cormorant Community Choir.
Mass of Christian burial was held Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at 1:00 pm at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, The Pas, Manitoba with Archbishop Murray Chatlain presiding. Music ministry was provided by Rochelle Rydberg.
In keeping with family wishes, cremation followed and a private family interment will be held at a later date.
Pallbearers were Darren Deminick, Shane Deminick, Gary McLeod, David Nelson, Brian McLeod, Norman Nelson. All Ruby’s family and friends are to consider themselves Honorary Pallbearers.
If friends so desire, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2B7, would be appreciated by Ruby’s family.
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