May 15, 1942 – Oct 5, 2021
Surrounded by her family, Ruth Ann Day (Auntie Ruth – Grammie) passed away peacefully at the age of 79 at Bluewater Health, Sarnia, Ontario on October 5, 2021. Ruth Ann is survived by her children John Robert “Jay” (Catherine) Peckham, Sarnia, Andrew Peckham (Shari), London and daughter Jodi Lynn (Rob) Jackson, Merville, B.C. Ruth Ann was a very proud Grammie to Jessica Jackson, Emily, John Robert “Jack” (Cara), and Nicholas Peckham. Ruth Ann is also survived by her brother James “Jim” Henry (Judy) Day, Ohio, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father George Leete Day, her mother Dorothy Lucille (nee Heller) Levering and her brother Thomas Charles (Karen) Day. Ruth Ann was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
As a career, her life was dedicated to helping others. As a Registered Nurse for the better part of sixty years, she cared for people in everything from obstetrics to geriatrics. On the side, she has been a counsellor, natural healer, spiritual advisor, and more often than not just a really good friend.
She had many passions that helped fuel her generous spirit. She loved the water, from the oceans to Three-Mile Lake, from the Bluewater Bridge to Puget Sound. This was her happy place. She was passionate about art, theatre, jewellry, music, and most of all her faith. Her faith journey was an unparalleled tapestry woven from her experiences, her hopes, dreams, and the search for true meaning. It took her to Israel, Uganda, and all over North America.
You always knew Ruth Ann was in the room by her laugh that you couldn’t help but hear, and laugh with. The main thread of her life was always an unbridled love of humour and fun. Adventures with Ruth Ann were rarely ever considered boring.
She was blessed in so many ways, and those who got close to her were always considered to be part of her extended family. She is called “Auntie Ruth” by many who have known and loved her for most of their lives. It would be hard to mention all of the amazing people who have touched her life and whose lives have been blessed by her inimitable spirit, but they know who they are and how much she loved them.
It will be impossible to recast her role in our lives, this character who has made us all better in so many ways. She will be dearly missed.
Donations can be made in RuthAnn’s name to The Kidney Foundation of Canada at https://kidney.akaraisin.com/ui/generaldonation/donations/start/. Also see Jay’s “Six Degree Challenge” Video https://youtu.be/MV4Vs0LYw3M
A celebration of life for family and friends will be held on Saturday, November 6th from 2-5 at Bethel Church, 1565 London Line, Sarnia ON N7T 7H2. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance.