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Ruth Louise Galinis (n茅e Smith)

April 7, 2024


April 11, 1926 - April 7, 2024

In Loving Memory ~

Ruth Galinis passed away peacefully at the Kelowna Hospice House in the early hours of April 7, 2024, at the age of 97.

She is lovingly remembered by her son, Tom of Port Moody, and daughter, Joanne (Greg), and grandchildren, Cameron, Emma, Jacob and Julia Ursel of Calgary and Ottawa. Predeceased by her husband, Albert; father, George, mother, Lillian; sisters Margaret, Wilda, and Ethel; and brothers Edward and George.

She will be dearly missed by relatives and friends in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and PEI.

Ruth was born April 11, 1926, in Woodstock, Ontario and after graduating from high school at 16, she went to work for the Massey-Harris Tractor Company. In 1950, she moved to Prince George, BC where she met her husband, Albert, marrying him in August 1952. She initially worked in the Prince George government offices and then as a legal secretary with the law firm of Wilson King. In 1973, she moved with her family when Albert was transferred to Kelowna.

Ruth was very active in the U.C.W. groups of Knox United Church in Prince George and St. Paul's United Church in Kelowna. She was a volunteer at K.G.H. in Emergency; the BC Cancer Clinic; and as a St Paul's United Pastoral Care member, she was a frequent visitor to Cottonwoods LTC. She loved talking with people of all ages, enjoyed her Thursday coffee meetings at the Capri Mall with the girls, and had a passion for growing African Violets.

The family would like to thank the medical staff in Emergency at Kelowna General Hospital; the medical staff on Ward 4A of K.G.H.; the nursing staff of Kelowna Hospice House for their care and compassion in the last days of her life; and the staff of I.H.R. Senior's Mental Health.

Special thanks to Drs. Wickstrom and Swart for the wonderful care they gave Ruth for many years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society ( or the charity of choice.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at 10:00 am, at Springfield Funeral Home: 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.

Interment will take place at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.

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