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Ruth Cockburn

February 1, 1948 - February 25, 2018


Ruth Ellen’s heart was filled with love, laughter and family. She was our wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother and friend. She touched our hearts in many ways. Ruth passed away on February 25, 2018 at the age of 70. She was born and raised in Alton, Illinois. After her high school graduation she attended university in Greeley, Colorado where she met her best friend and loving husband, Gord.


Together they travelled North to Canada and made Winnipeg home. Mom and Dad raised three children Carly (Jeff), Kati (Shane), and Christopher (Ania). Ruth spent many years at home raising her children and as the children grew older she returned to her teaching career. Ruth loved her job and enjoyed teaching students of all ages.


As grandchildren were welcomed into the family, Ruth retired from the Winnipeg School Division to spend time with Kayleigh, Michael, Matthew, Charlie and Luke. In retirement, her winters were spent traveling throughout the United States and even one trip to Italy. Summers were spent at the lake where she loved taking care of her gardens and watching the birds (and bears) she attracted to her feeders. Most recently she found a new passion of quilting and made many new friends along with beautiful quilts for her grandchildren.


She leaves her mother June, her sister Rebecca (Mike) and nieces Grace and Olivia behind.


Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday June 23, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00PM. The Celebration will be held at The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, 603 Wellington Crescent. All are welcome to come share stories of Mom and celebrate along with the family.


In lieu of flowers and in recognition of a passion of mom’s we ask you to consider a donation to Heifer International. You can find more information here:

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