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Ruth Bernice Anderson (Heskin)

Date of Death: February 13, 2018


Ruth (Faleide) Anderson, 86, formerly of Maddock, ND passed away February 13, 2018 at Cranbrook, BC. A prayer service will be held in Cranbrook and a Memorial service and burial will be held in the spring at Viking Lutheran Church, rural Maddock, ND.  Memorials in Ruth’s name are preferred to the Viking Lutheran Church, C/O Erling Faleide, 5341  29th ST NE, Maddock, ND  58348.

Ruth was born April 26, 1931, at Melfort, Sask, to Oscar and Effie Heskin. She attended Gransburg Country School, rural Norquay.  She was confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Norquay.  In her early years she worked as a seamstress in Manitoba.  In 1953, she married Sam Faleide and together they farmed near Maddock, ND.  She was a lifelong member of Viking Lutheran Church, Viking Ladies Aid, South Viking Homemakers Club, Sons of Norway and the American Legion Auxiliary.  She loved living in North Dakota and enjoyed being a part of the Viking Community.

In 1955, they lost their firstborn son, Lowell, in a car accident. Ruth and Sam then spent 4 years owning and operating the Highway 40 Motel in Reno, NV, returning to Maddock to farm.  In 1978 they lost their son, Calvin, and friend, Johnny Gilbertson, in a car accident.  Sam died in 1984. Ruth later married Tyler Larson and together they owned and operated the C & R Motel in Rugby, ND.  After Tyler died, Ruth married Reverend Bob Wallin and lived in Fergus Falls, MN.  After Bob died, she returned to Maddock.  In 2012, she married her childhood friend, Laurie Anderson, and moved to Cranbrook, BC.

Ruth loved life on the farm and enjoyed working alongside her family to get the crops planted in the spring and harvested in the fall. She especially enjoyed operating the John Deere Combine.  Ruth had many hobbies and interests including traveling, baking, sewing, quilting, crafts of all kinds, gardening, painting and doll making.  She treasured her family and many friends.

Ruth was blessed to have found new love at age 80.   She lived the last seven years of her life enjoying love and companionship with her husband, Laurie Anderson, splitting their time between North Dakota and Canada.

She is survived by her husband, Laurie Anderson, daughters Celia (Bob) Johnson and Cathy Faleide, and grandchildren Katie and Emily Johnson and Sam Claeys, siblings Doris (Ron) Croft and Clayton Heskin, Sister-in-law Genoveve Erickson, step-son Les (Linda) Anderson and step-daughter, Fern Harker (friend, Jerry Midan), as well as step-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her siblings Lester, Ronald and Donald Heskin, sons Lowell and Calvin Faleide, and husbands Sam, Tyler and Bob.



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From: Lea Nesbitt Cameron

Dear Laurie,

I was brought to heartbroken tears as I read the unbelievable obituary that recently popped up on my iPad screen saying that your dearly beloved Ruth has passed on. Indeed, yours is an amazingly romantic Love Story💕that I’ve taken the liberty of sharing with others. As an almost unbelievable, true story in a book, it would make a very good read, if only for family, friends & local historians.
We didn’t spend nearly enough time visiting, but I truly cherish a memorable chat Ruth & I shared one day while she was waiting outside of your condo for you to return from your van, shortly after you were wed. Like a teenaged girl, she joyfully bubbled as she told me about knowing you during school years then how heartsick she felt after refusing, for a good reason that she mistakenly thought you’d understand, what was perhaps your only, very shy, request for a date. She truly thought you would ask her again, but to her regretful dismay, that didn’t happen until she reestablished her bond of emotions with you about 60 years later. What an honest to goodness thrill it must’ve been for you to receive her first phone call after so many decades. When you first introduced us, I, too, could see what a Lovely, Loving, Loveable, Little Lady Ruth still was! Laurie, even with the passing of many years, you made for a wondrously handsome match with your beautiful Ruth!
Although you told me one afternoon that she really wasn’t very well/strong, I had no way of knowing Ruth was so sick ‘cause I’ve been out & away from the Forest Park ‘newsy loop’ since 7:30 p.m. on September 27, 2014. A severe exacerbation of my Progressive Multiple Sclerosis had progressed to the point that 2 of my favorite Home Care Aides as well as an R.N. & an LPN from the Health Unit were alarmed by my failing condition so were prompted to have me rushed, by ambulance, with what would’ve been almost my final breaths (as an E.R. Dr. later told me), to hospital. I remained there for almost 10 weeks then was ‘ambulanced’ into long term care at Creston’s Swan Valley Lodge for 6 months until a room became available for me here in Cranbrook’s Dr. F. W. Green Memorial Home. Hence, like you, my plans for what I dared to presume (totally unscriptural), my future might’ve been, were changed, irrevocably, for the rest of my life. Family members who inherited what had been our parents’ farm at Rimbey, Alberta, until their passings, came to clear my condo then took everything back home to the farm. My condo is now for sale.
I am truly thankful🙏🏼that you & Ruth came together again to share 7 years of Wedded Bliss that too few couples, nowadays, attempt to find. I want you to know, as a devout prayer warrior, I am keeping you in my heartfelt prayers & thoughts. I sincerely pray that you will ALWAYS seek the abiding comfort that only our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, can give. This brings my genuine sympathy to you, Laurie, to Ruth’s family & to yours since your dearly beloved has passed on until you meet again in Heaven for the endless ages of Eternity if you keep true to Him,

Lea Cameron

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