Ruth Compton of Thompson, MB was called to her eternal home after a 2 year fight with cancer on April 21, 2023 at the age of 69 years. She passed, surrounded by family and friends, shortly before 1pm, in the palliative care room at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre. It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Ruth.
She was born Shirley Ruth Carberry on July 27, 1953 to Austin and Mabel Carberry in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. It is in Corner Brook where Ruth met and married Ray Compton on December 27, 1976. Ruth resided there until she moved to Thompson, Manitoba on January 2nd, 1977.
Ruth Loved to bake and cook. People came from far and wide for her Homemade Bread, tea buns or just a cup of Tetley Tea. Ruth worked as a Tax Preparer part time from 1979 to 1994 under U&R Tax Service then she opened Ruth’s Tax Service in January of 1995 which she operated up until the tax season of 2021.
Ruth was a soldier of the Salvation Army in Thompson from 1982 until 2022, she then transferred her soldiership to the Englee, NL corps upon closure in Thompson. The church was fortunate to have her as a Sunday school teacher, treasurer, and a volunteer for various projects such as the Christmas Kettles, Red Shield, family services food bank and the Christmas hampers, Ruth’s strong faith was evident in everything she did.
Ruth is predeceased by her parents Austin and Mabel Carberry, as well as her sisters Peggy and Cathy, son in-law Darrell Salmon, in-laws Arthur and Susie Compton and numerous brother and sister in-laws. She is survived by the love of her life Ray, daughter Lisa, son Raymond (Candace), son Keith (Lauren), brothers Robert (Julia) of St Andrews NL, Terry (Pauline) of Corner Brook NL, Eric (Elizabeth) of Mineville, NS, Keith (Kim) of Corner Brook NL, sister Lois of Cambridge, ON, Grandson Austin, Granddaughters Madison and Scarlet Rae, sister in-law Hazel (Ron) of Corner Brook NL, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Cancer Care Manitoba, the various doctors and nurses at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre and Dr. Coleman and Nurse Practitioner Rachelle Huculak from the Northern Health Region for the tremendous care that Ruth received from July of 2021 until her passing.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at the Thompson Pentecostal Assembly at 126 Goldeye in Thompson, MB on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 2:00pm. Ruth’s best friend, Debbie Clarke from the Salvation Army, will be officiating. There will be a service in Englee, NL in the fall where Ruth will be laid to rest.
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