Ruth Ann Day

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 celebration4ruthann@thepeckhams.net to confirm your attendance.

7 Comments on “Ruth Ann Day”

  1. Ruthann and I had a short but wonderful friendship! From laughing till we cried to giving her B12 shots…from praying with her and for her to being “stern” when she needed that little extra push! I miss Ruthann’s several FaceTime calls each day….I miss her laugh…I miss her smiles…but soon and very soon we will both see the King! She beat me to heaven but I will be there one day! When I look at Lake Huron I will think of you my friend!

  2. Heaven now has one beautiful angel!!!! Ruth Ann with her pure heart, infectious laugh with such an amazing sense of humour. She was gifted and could see right into your soul. Boy, she could make anyone smile!! I loved hearing her stories from travelling and helping people when she was working as a nurse. Andy and Jay….you were so lucky to have Ruth Ann as your mother. Our deepest condolences to you both and your families.
    Karl Maria Carly Garrett and Pugly

  3. A beautiful woman with a beautiful spirit and a heavenly laugh. I will miss your warm smile. She has earned her wings. God’s richest blessings to her family and friends who have a lifetime of memories to remember her by.

  4. Our deepest condolences to Jay , Andy and families
    Where do I start , I have lost an amazing friend I will miss you forever.

    RuthAnn was brilliant, loving ,generous .She would have given her shirt even she would have been herself without one after .

    We where not ready to loose you but God saw your struggle and took you in his arms to a much better place .
    Not only at the water or looking at the beautiful sky I know you are with us
    Now your Angel wings come really in use .

    My self Frank , Eric & there Families feel honoured to have shared so many years with her together.
    For ever your friend ♥️Christa

  5. Our deepest condolences to Jay , Andy and families
    Where do I start , I have lost an amazing friend I will miss you forever.

    RuthAnn was brilliant, loving ,generous .She would have given her shirt even she would have been herself without one after .

    We were not ready to lose you but God saw your struggle and took you in his arms to a much better place .
    Not only at the water or looking at the beautiful sky I know you are with us
    Now your Angel wings come really in use .

    My self Frank , Eric & there Families feel honoured to have shared so many years with her together.
    For ever your friend ♥️Christa

  6. Ruthann, you left legacy of all smiles and inspiration. You were that person. Throughout your pain and discomfort, you still inspired me with words of Wisdom and told me ” never give up. God is going to use me as a powerful Servant.” Thease words are stuck in my Head. Your laughter is stuck in my Head. Rest in peace beautiful sister. A Heart of Gold.

  7. My condolences to Andy, Jay and your family. Our paths crossed at a drop- in shelter for homeless where we attempted to to assist people to have a better life. Ruthann, you were lively, feisty, and funny and very honest.. you certainly knew where you stood! In her recent years I observed extraordinary courage and determination to maintain an independent and productive life. I immensely enjoyed our connection. There was only one Ruthann….i will miss my friend

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