Ruth Helen Wellwood Nagle

Ruth Nagle passed away peacefully in her sleep on  January 28, 2021 at Riverview Gardens in Chatham, Ontario in her 105th year.  Ruth was born on the family horse farm on Concession 11, Raleigh Township, Kent County, Ontario, Canada on January 17th, 1917.  She was the youngest of eight children, descended from Robert Wellwood, one of the earliest settlers of Raleigh Township who emigrated from Tullow, County Carlow, Ireland in 1830.  Ruth graduated elementary school at South Buxton at age 11 and then attended high school at Merlin.   She became a dental assistant, then a dental technician and then later in her career, a dental hygienist, working at Southwestern Regional Centre.  As a mature student, Ruth graduated from University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts.  

After waiting out the war, she married Edward Nagle at St Patrick’s Church in Merlin, Ontario on May 4, 1946.  They had six children while living on Sunnyside Ave in Chatham.   Later they built a house on Charing Cross Road.  Ruth was a devoted member of St Ursula’s Parish and the Catholic Women’s League.  For many years, Ruth taught bridge at St Ursula’s Church.  Ruth was a strong supporter of Canadian Food for Children, making and donating more than 1000 baby quilts.

Ruth is predeceased by her parents, James Wellwood (1871-1949) and Ada Gilhuly (1875-1945) and her seven siblings: Albert James Wellwood(1901-1988), Harold Francis Wellwood (1906-1989), Edwin Albert Wellwood (1904-1981), James Norman Wellwood (1910-1913), Grace Margaret Light (1908-1982), Ada Mary Dillon (1912-1992) and Aileen Louisa Wright (1915-1994).  

Ruth is also predeceased by her husband, Edward Winfield Nagle (1913-1975) and two children: John Edward Nagle (1948-2018) and Janet Elizabeth Cameron (1963-1989). 

Ruth is survived by four children, Margaret (Peggy) Nagle (Rob Weadick), Thomas Nagle (Lynn Neuert), Mary Nagle, Ann Nagle, eleven grandchildren: Sarah Weadick Snider (Matt), Dr. Daniel Weadick, Nathan Nagle, Tyler Nagle, Benjamin Nagle, Charles Agro (Alice Tringham), Hilary Agro (Gonzalo Reyes Casanova), Christopher Moher, Patrick Moher, Alexander Moher and Aiden Moher and three great grandchildren, Evan Snider, Hailey Snider and Ella Reyes Agro.

The Nagle family extends sincere appreciation to Eden Villa Retirement Home for their kind care for Ruth after she joined them at age 101 and to Riverview Gardens for their attentive care during her final year.

In lieu of flowers, an expression of sympathy may be made to Chatham Family of Parishes Building Fund or to Canadian Food for Children.   Online condolences may be left at  In memory of Ruth, we ask that you do something kind for someone else, quietly, unexpectedly and without expectation of payback. 

After the pandemic abates, we will have a funeral for Ruth.  If you wish to be advised at the time, please email to request the details.  

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52 Comments on “Ruth Helen Wellwood Nagle”

  1. A bright light has gone out in our world as dear Ruth is now in the arms of our Lord. The deep friendship we shared will remain in my heart always. May loving kindness surround her family ❤️

  2. Ruth was such an inspiration to all – inspiring others to be the best they could be . I feel honoured to have known her.

  3. Ruth Nagle
    was such an amazing and unusual woman..never complaining, always a quick smile and ready to share her many talents with others…She did indeed make beautiful quilts for Canadian Food for Children to warm the hearts and bodies of many poor little ones..She also inspired all who she met with her faith,warmth and sincerity..
    We have been blessed to know her..

    Sandra and John Van Raay

  4. I feel truly blessed to have become friends with Ruth over the last 7 years during out times together at Sunny Beach. She was such a joy to be around and so inspirational. I learnt so much from her in our short but unforgettable friendship.
    My deepest sympathies to the family. RIP Ruth and congratulations on truly a life well lived..

  5. I only met Ruth once through my dear friend, Linda. I fell in love with this wonderful, wise, impressive lady. I am sure her family and friends will miss her wit and advice, but that she will long live on in their memories. Truly, she is an example of how to live a good life. Be like Ruth!

  6. She was a blessing to know and we truly enjoyed our conversations at Sunny Beach. She will be greatly missed by many. Condolences to all.

  7. What a life lived and loved. So sorry to hear about Mrs Nagle. Our neighbours, friends and Mary our “dream babysitter” and camp counsellor.
    My condolences to all the family.

  8. What a great lady.She was an inspiration to everyone she met.Prayers to the family.Heaven is lucky to have her company.

  9. Ruth was a kind, cheery soul, who took care of her mental & physical & spiritual self, I remembered her using a bike for a long time, ever present at St. Ursula’s church, usually accompanied by Linda Nagle at mass. She was a good role model, always pleasant to be with.

  10. Forever Grateful for all of Ruth,s kindness, love, inspiration, and all that she taught us !
    Sincere love & condolences to family & non- ending friendships ! ❤️
    Bob & Kit Schram

  11. Sorry to hear about Ruths passing. She was one of our longest CWL members. I remember doing her 100th birthday celebration at St. Ursula Church, that was a great pleasure to do for her. Rest in peace . Sandra and Lionel Richie.

  12. My sincere condolences to Ruth’s family. Ruth was like a treasure to myself and my husband Rene. She radiated so much life around others with her humility, wisdom, humour and simplicity. Her faith in God was absolutely remarkable! Rest in peace, my beloved friend. I will miss you.

  13. Ann and I would like to express our sympathy to the family for the passing of Ruth. She was a great friend of my mother’s, Frances Bedard. I remember Ruth fondly from the many visits they had together. Ruth was always so warm and caring to those she met. We wish the family the best as they grieve their mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be deeply missed.

  14. Our sincere condolences to the Nagle family. Ruth was an amazing woman and we are blessed to have known her. Meeting her the first time she rented my parent’s cottage in Erieau was the start of a wonderful friendship for our entire family. Rest in peace Ruth.

  15. Condolences to all of Ruth’s family and her huge number of friends. A great lady with a great smile. She will be missed.

  16. What a wonderful lady – so honored to have had her play cards at my house. My sympathies to the family

  17. What a remarkable woman. Tough, determined, and wise! Committed to her faith and bridge. I will always remember her as presiding over her 100th birthday party, thrilled to be so honoured!
    My sincerest condolences to all the family. And kudos to Lynn for her dedication to Ruth’s care during COVID.

  18. My condolences to the family who have just lost their Matriarch. A woman of strong faith, determination and intelligence. I will always remember her at her 100th birthday party, excited over the adulation and perched on her special chair. My deepest respect for Lynn in her commitment to Ruth’s care during this pandemic.

  19. She was a beautiful lady. I loved taking care of her. May she rip. Thoughts and prayers go out to all her family. xoxo

  20. She was an amazing woman and a great mentor and friend. I will always remember our trips trips to Theatre London and to Stratford! The trips to Blythe leather factories are imprinted in my memories forever. She taught me compassion and perseverance! She taught me to never quit learning and never quit exploring. She was my friend and I will never forget her.

  21. I know there is an end to all physical life. Although your mom lived a long life; it is still so very sad. I feel that we have lost a strong force that kept us somewhat anchored between what we knew then and what we know now. When I saw your mom; I felt that I was home again. I am sorry she is gone but know that what she gave to those in her community will live on. May she rest with those who went before and smile for them again.

  22. My condolences to you Mary and your family. What a wonderful legacy your mother has left behind. You must be so proud. She lived a long and fruitful life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

  23. My condolences to the Nagle family. Ruth was truly an inspirational figure. Both her family and to friends. It was my honour to be related to her through my son marrying daughter Janet. After a “giving” life Ruth can surely rest in peace.

  24. Condolences to all the Nagle family
    Aunt Ruth was a special aunt to me . I loved her sense of calm being with her, her words of wisdom that went along with her lovely smile / twinkle eyes . We had years of fun visits in Chatham and at Erieau and Erie Beach .
    She was a caring , smart , talented and just a great lady .
    In her words as we’d say goodbye after a visit .
    God bless .
    Love Bill Nancy & family

  25. Sincere condolences to your family. Ruth was such a strong woman in so many respects. May she finally rest in peace after giving so much and being so much to so many.

  26. What a wonderful life – so kind and loving and helpful. Your Mom was an example to us all of womanliness and humanity.

  27. Tom and family! My thoughts are with you all . Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to meet Ruth but heard from numerous people how inspirational she was. She certainly had a great life !

  28. Ruth was a faithfilled woman who was an inspiration to all. She was a person who could truly be called a disciple of Jesus. May she now rest in his hands.

  29. Our love to all the Nagle family. It is a strange thing to not be able to gather to offer support and remembrances of the Matriarch of the Wellwood cla. So blessed that she took the time to leave her story in her own words for generations to come.

  30. Dear family we have lost a star to heaven. Ruth was a mentor to many. She always looked forward on Sunday mornings when I would take her Holy Communion. We would pray together and she will hold my hand. I missed her when she moved to Riverview. She was very faithful and an example to us all of what a disciple of Jesus is. May she rest in peace and may a perpetual light shine upon her.

  31. Mary,

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She had a long life. An inspiration. My sincere condolences to you and the family,
    Stay safe,

  32. I have known Ruth all my life and always admired her way of looking at life. Always so friendly and caring to all of us. She certainly is an inspiration to everyone who knew her.

  33. Mary and family,
    So sorry that I never got to know your Mom.
    She has shown you love, brought you joy and made you laugh.
    These lasting gifts to a beautiful life, are blessings of memories forever!
    Cherish these memories.

  34. Ruth was an amazing women who truly lived her Christian vocation. I first met Ruth on a Cursillo Weekend. She lived the weekend everyday of her life…Make a friend, Be a friend, Bring that friend to Christ. Rest in peace, dear Ruth.

  35. Our sincere condolences to Ruth’s family. We have been blessed to have such a great neighbour. She was an inspiration to us all and always a cup half full person, an optomist through and through! Rest in peace Ruth you so deserve it!

  36. My condolences to all in the Nagle family. I have many cherished memories of Ruth. Christmases and family gatherings. A truly compassionate and caring person. Took everything in stride. Always ready to listen. And loved to laugh. That is how I will remember Ruth. She lived a long and full life. Sadly, it was time for her to move on. I suspect she will be riding a bike or organizing a quilting session up in heaven.

  37. An inspiration to all. Caring, kind, fun loving sole. My first bridge mentor. Gone but not forgotten.

  38. On behalf of the O’Mara and McKay families I send our sympathy to the Nagle family on the passing of Ruth. Our families go back to the early years of Ed, my Dad Ed O, and my father in law Murray as youngsters playing together on Raleigh Street and making music together over the years. I recently came across a snapshot of Ed and Ruth’s wedding. My father in law was their best man. My mother Helen played many a card game over the years with Ruth and I remember many visits to your home as a child.
    This generation of women were truly strong women. Ruth was one of the best.
    Maureen O’Mara and Robin McKay

  39. Our condolences to the entire Nagle family. “Aunt” Ruth was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to all those around her. She was so positive and engaging, always interested in others. She was a bright light for everyone that had the good fortune to know her. She will be missed.

    Love Mike and Karen Biskey

  40. Truely a remarkable women. Always loved working with her behind the scenes on the Cursillo weekends. Well done good and faithful servant. RIP Ruth. Peace and condolences to her family. Sue and Michael

  41. Ruth radiated light and love to whomever she encountered. She was an inspiration to so many people showing us how to live our lives in service to others, no matter our age or circumstance. Her faith, smile and zest for life will always be remembered. Thank you , Ruth.
    Heather Slavik

  42. I know the Nagle (and Wellwood) family was blessed to have Ruth with them for so long. Her spunk and vibrancy were evident each time I met her! My sympathy to each of you as you experience this loss.

  43. Aunt Ruth touched the hearts & souls of so many. She exuded exceptional warmth, vitality, and empathy, living a life deeply rooted in Faith. We are so blessed to have had her in our lives this long—her memory is in our hearts forever.

  44. Ruth was a thoughtful and caring person. She will be missed! Remember all the good memories and hold them dear in your heart.
    With heartfelt sympathy…

  45. We are very sorry to hear of Aunt Ruth’s passing. She was such a wonderful lady and we will miss her. She certainly lived a fabulous life. We are sending hugs, love and prayers for the Nagle family. Much love, Jim, Laura, Max, Jack and Sam

  46. My sincere sympathy to all Ruth’s family. She was a beautiful, caring person

    R.I.P. Ruth

    Joanne bennett

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