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Ruth Martha Dovell

September 30, 1926 - October 8, 2016


It is with deep sadness the family of Ruth Martha Dovell announces her passing at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

Ruth was born in Ravenscrag, Saskatchewan and grew up on the family farm in the Clear Valley district located southeast of the Cypress Hills in Saskatchewan.  Mom’s family were part of the early pioneers who learned to live off the land and where she acquired her skills of gardening, canning, baking, knitting and sewing.

Ruth went to Normal School in Moose Jaw where she attained her teaching degree.  She returned home to her first teaching position, a one room school (grades 1 to 6) in the North Bench district.  Her day would start early because she would travel there by saddle horse, start the wood stove and get ready for her students.  Her next posting was in Eastend, Saskatchewan where she met the love of her life, Leonard (Bud).  They married in Eastend in 1949 and found their way to Marysville, BC to build a house and raise their family.  Her love of teaching never left and she convinced Bud to build an addition on the house where she taught kindergarten for 15 years.  In 1965 they bought property in Ta Ta Creek, built a house and moved there in 1966 where she again taught kindergarten for 7 years. 

The passions of Mom’s life were family, church, garden and camping.  The family gatherings were always at their place where many beautiful meals were prepared.  Church was a big part of Ruth’s life.  She was in charge of the Sunday School programs at both the Marysville and Wasa Community Churches.  She took pride in the fact she was a Christian and she was ready to get to heaven.

Ruth loved the outdoors and her garden gave her many hours of pleasure.  She loved camping and travelling with the Good Sam Club where she could play horseshoes, bocci and  bean bag toss.  She loved fishing on Lake Koocanusa and canning jars of kokanee. 

Ruth was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Leonard; mother Ella Shufletoski, father Frank Shufletoski, brothers Lewis, Henry (Bun) and sister, Cecile Gallot.  Left to mourn her passing are her sons Albert (Joan), Gerry (Lorna), Ronnie (Dorothy), Danny (Chitrika), accepted daughter Dawn Dovell (Pollok) as well as many grandkids and great grandkids.

At Ruth’s request, there will be no funeral service.  Condolences may be left for the family at


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: David and Pat Clarricaotes
Relation: family friend

David and I were saddened to hear of Ruth’s passing. She was a great lady and we were blessed to be able to call her friend. I still can our fish the way she showed me. Both Ruth and Bud will be missed. Our condolences to the whole family

From: kelly howard
Relation: i was a student

Im sad to hear this news Mrs.Dovell was one of my favorite teachers in Ta Ta Creek, my condolences to the family at this time

From: Gerry & Sandy Jensen
Relation: long time neighbours in Ta Ta Creek

We will definitely miss your mother/grandmother. She was one wonderful lady. Yes, she felt strongly about her teaching – whether it was school or Sunday school. We will miss seeing her huge garden growing so well. Our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. God bless.

From: Deanne Gilbertson (Diefenbach)
Relation: Friend and student

My first experience with school was kindergarten at Ruth’s little pink house in Ta Ta Creek. I loved going to school there, though I recall a story that my mom told about Ruth’s assessment of me. Ruth quietly asked my mom if I could actually speak. Goodness, anyone who knows me, knows I am not that quiet. I loved that we baked cookies with her. Even back then, she was like everyone’s grandmother. As time went on, Ruth introduced me to her church, actually let me ride with her and her husband to Kimberley regularly on Sunday’s. She was such an open, and wonderful person. I know she will be missed dearly. Only fond memories for me. Much love to her family.

From: Waites Family
Relation: Neighbor and kindergarten student

Our sincere condolences to the Dovell family. Mrs. Dovell played a very important role in many young lives attending her kindergarten classes in Marysville in the early 60’s. Our family has fond memories growing up with many of the Dovell family’s in our neighbourhood.

From: Frank and Linda Shufletoski
Relation: Aunt

Our belated condolences to the Dovell families. If there was ever someone who took after their mother, I think it was aunt Ruth. Spent a lot of time as a youngster with cousins Albert, Gerry and Ron. I can still remember never being allowed into aunt Ruth’s raspberry patch.

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