Ruth Eveline Mulligan (nee Whyte)
With family by her side Ruth Eveline Mulligan of McCreary, MB, passed away at Ste Rose Hospital on Friday October 18, 2019 at the age of 78 years.
Ruth was born December 2, 1940 to Jim and Mary (Walker) Whyte on their farm in what was known as the Glencairn District, now McCreary Municipality. Ruth was the 2nd of 4 children.
Ruth attended Turtle Plains School finishing her High School at McCreary, followed by Business School in Winnipeg.
On September 28, 1958 Ruth married Melvin Marshall and they had 4 children Kim, Rory, Darcy, and Trudi. Their time together included living and working in McCreary, Ethelbert and Edmonton before purchasing the Reeve Store in 1963.
Following Melvin’s passing Ruth married Roy Mulligan on December 2, 1978 combining their families to include Roy’s children, Ron, Charlotte, and Crystal. They began their life together on “the farm” 10 miles East of McCreary and as a family, developed it into a beautiful homestead. Many hours were spent maintaining the lawn and large garden as their yard was a huge source of pride / badge of honor. In the summer of 2012, they moved into their house in McCreary and continued the pattern of pride of ownership. With the help of many family and community members they had an instant lawn and always were seen outside planting, watering and maintaining their new home.
Ruth’s working career included being the PostMaster at Reeve, working at the Post Office in McCreary and then working at the Royal Bank in McCreary for over 30 years. After working full days, she still would work deep into the night baking, cooking and canning and providing for her family and friends.
Ruth was fun loving, outgoing, forthright and determined. She loved to dance, play ball, curl and her sharp mathematical mind allowed her to excel during her working career and at playing cards. Ruth enjoyed life to the fullest and never backed down from a challenge or project - always finding a way to get things done. She was dedicated to her family, employers and her community. She was known to be a great hostess for any family, extended family and community gatherings.
Ruth was predeceased by her parents, her first husband Melvin Marshall, second husband Roy Mulligan, and son Ron Mulligan.
She leaves to mourn her passing her children and their families: Kim Vandaele (Cal, Andrea Wales, Devon and Ella Heil, Brock, Sabrina and Nash Wales) Rory Marshall (Bev, Harley, Kassidy, Finley and Roman Marshall, Jay Marshall and Melissa Marchi), Monique Mulligan (Cody, Beth and Willow Mulligan, Katie Mulligan and Theodore Funk), Darcy Marshall ( Lori, Bryce Marshall and Samantha Langer, Erika and Luke Marshall, Charlotte Delaurier (Todd, Cole, Tiffany, Charlee, and Jameson Delaurier, Maggi Delaurier and Devan Decroliere), Trudi Musgrave ( Vince, Chandler, Gina and Liam Musgrave), Crystal Ryzner (Chad Ryzner) and her constant companion Paddy dog. Her siblings Jean Buchanan, Betty (Mervin) Dunning, Allan (Joan) Whyte, their children, grandchildren and numerous friends.
Funeral Service was held Saturday October 26, 2019 at 4:00 pm at the McCreary Community Centre, McCreary, MB. Norma Windle officiated with internment following in the McCreary Municipal Cemetery.
Music provided by Wendy Williams.
Pallbearers were Ruth’s grandsons (Brock Wales, Cody Mulligan, Cole Delaurier, Harley Marshall, Jay Marshall, Chandler Musgrave, Luke Marshall and Liam Musgrave). Poem “To Those I loved and Those Who Loved Me” read by Ruth’s granddaughters (Andrea Wales, Katie Mulligan, Maggi Delaurier, Erika Marshall and Gina Musgrave). Eulogy provided by Ruth’s children (Kim Vandaele, Rory Marshall, Darcy Marshall and Charlotte Delaurier) Poem “The Rose Beyond the Wall” read by Ruth’s children Trudi Musgrave and Crystal Ryzner.
The family would like to thank Norma Windle for officiating the service, Wendy Williams for providing the music, McCreary Legion Branch 173 and the McCreary Hall Committee for catering lunch following the service. A special thank you to all the staff at the Ste. Rose Hospital, Ryan Raffray of Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services and all of our family and friends for their support during this time.
Those wishing to honor Ruth’s memory may donate to a charity of one’s choice.
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