Ruby Viola BRASETH


Ruby Viola Braseth passed away March 1st, 2012 at the age of 80 years and nine months. She fought a long, courageous battle with cancer. Ruby was born June 3rd 1931 in Gronlid Saskatchewan. She attended school there until 1945 when her family moved to Bashaw. Her mother and brother opened a restaurant where Ruby waitressed after school and on weekends. While in high school, Ruby met her partner for life, Angus Braseth. Ruby and family moved to Calgary in 1948 where she attended Crescent Heights High School. Ruby worked in an ice cream shop in downtown Calgary, and packed bacon at Burns Foods until August 5, 1950 when Ruby and Angus were married. They moved to Angus’s grandparent’s farm where there was no running water or power until 1952. Ruby quickly adjusted to the life of farmer’s wife. She fed hogs, grew large gardens, and raised a wonderful family. Ruby and Angus had three boys, and also had a home for many local boys and girls who worked on the farm. Ruby was a charter member of the Bashaw Royal Purple (Elks Ladies). She held most positions in the lodge and was secretary for many years. She taught Sunday school in the Anglican Church for many years as well. Ruby was an avid curler until her and Angus started spending their winters in Ajo, Arizona. Ruby took golf lessons in her later years and became an avid golfer. Ruby, Angus and their boys built a modern dairy farmer in 1967. She took on the responsibilities of cooking, cleaning and record keeping. In 1990 Ruby and Angus bought five acres in Ajo, Arizona, thus beginning their annual winter stay in the sun. Ruby was the secretary for both the U.S Ladies Elks, and the Presbyterian Church ladies group. She was also very active in the church work. Ruby not only continued her golfing but also, spent several years at the school helping children with reading problems. Ruby and Angus did a lot of travelling in the later years which included: 3 times to Norway/Sweden, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Alaska, and most of the western United States. Ruby moved into her dream home in 1979, a log house in the trees. She continued growing large gardens and flowers until her health would not allow it. Ruby lived a Christian life and at the end looked forward to going home to be with her father in Heaven. She left a legacy which has been reinforced by the letters and phone calls received since her passing. Ruby was predeceased by her parents Israel and Viola Sandberg, four brothers, and four sisters. She leaves to mourn; her husband Angus of 61 years, her three sons; Barry (Sharon), Wayde (Lissa), Leon (Kari), 1 chosen daughter Shanda (Darryl) Hassen, her grandchildren; Brandon, Chelsea, Nicole, Dylan, Erika, Karleen, Megan Braseth; Nicholas, Nathan Hassen , two sisters; Ruth (Gordon) Macleod, Edna (Peter) Hyrnew and many nieces and nephews. A family service was held at the Bashaw cemetery with her good friend Pastor Dan Freisan officiating. Two of her favorite hymns, “How great thou art” and “All is well with my soul” were played and Shiela Van Alstyne sang the ‘Lord’s Prayer’.

Memorials will be gratefully accepted to the Bashaw WI Cemetery Fund, care of the Bashaw town office or the Bashaw Community Church Building Fund Box 275, Bashaw, AB, T0B 0H0 or the charity of ones choice. In lieu of thank you cards a donation will be made to the Bashaw community church in Ruby’s memory. Wombold Family Funeral Homes in care of arrangements.

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