In Celebration of

Ruth Halldora Laban

September 23, 1933 -  June 22, 2019

Passed away peacefully in her 85th year on June 22 with her family by her side. Ruth was married to Vic for 59 wonderful years and was a devoted mother to her three children and a loving Amma to her 6 grandchildren. She cherished her two sisters and their families, and valued her long-term friendships. She will be greatly missed for her caring and supportive nature, and strong volunteer spirit. A funeral service will be held at All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor St. W, on Friday June 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. For those who wish, donations may be made to All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church or to Dorothy Ley Hospice.


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Barb Charboneau (Janet Luxton co-worker)

Entered June 25, 2019 from Toronto

Janet and family,
I am so sorry for you loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Barb Charboneau

Sarah Hastie (friend)

Entered June 25, 2019 from Etobicoke

Dear Vic and family,

I was so sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. Ruth was my number one volunteer at All Saints for many years, along with you. She was always willing no matter how busy she was with friends, family and other commitments to help me with mailings and other special projects. She was a wealth of knowledge and never said no. She was a strong supporter of everything All Saints!! I appreciated her thoughtful and caring support always. She was a great friend to myself and so many others. Thanks for sharing Ruth with us!

Thinking of you and your family.

Blair Carley (one of her numerous "other sons")

Entered June 26, 2019 from Salt Spring Island BC

During my school years, it felt like I spent as much time at 39 Saybrook as I did in my own home. Some of the other "guys" probably felt the same. Ruth always fed us, talked with us, advised us and looked after us. Whenever I came in the house I'd greet her with a "Hi Mom" and she'd give me a wink that meant she knew I was only half joking.

Christopher Luxton (Grandson)

Entered June 26, 2019

Amma was the most caring person, always asking how you were - and truly meaning it. Nothing will replace the sincerity of her heart shown through her actions every time you saw her.

Ég elska þig (I love you) <3

Nancy Coulter (co-worker)

Entered June 26, 2019 from Toronto

Janet & family, Deepest Condolences to you on the passing of your mother, May you always hold a piece of her in your heart .

Life Stories 

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Joanna Cooke 

Entered June 27, 2019

Ruth was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, the youngest of three girls. In high school, she helped her widowed mother take care of boarders while she studied and completed her ARTC in piano. She went on to nursing college where she met lifelong friends. She became the head nurse of a pediatric ward.

After getting married, Vic was transferred to Toronto for “two years”, but they ended up staying. Scott, Joanna and Janet came along and Ruth was a busy at-home mom. Camping trips with a trailer created lasting memories for the family as they travelled across Canada.

Ruth and Vic met wonderful friends at All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church through the Couples Club, bridge groups and the ACW. Ruth volunteered in so many capacities at church and in her community and was known for her kind and generous spirit.

When the children were grown, Ruth returned to work as a medical secretary at the Air Canada Medical Clinic. She loved her work, and she and Vic enjoyed many trips, including trips out west to Regina and Seattle to visit Ruth’s two sisters, Elsie May and Alene, and their families. There were also trips with children and grandchildren and these memories will last a lifetime.

Ruth will be remembered for her loving and generous nature, her tireless support of her family, and her ability to feel grateful no matter what the circumstances. She will be greatly missed.


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