Ruth Florence Specht was born on February 21, 1945, to John and May Beadle. She was the youngest of 10 siblings: Bernard, Murielle, Dorothy, Amy, Ted, Emily, Ida, Shirley, and Frank.
Ruth grew up on the homestead at Lady Hubble District. She met Ormand Specht on a weekend and was engaged in August; married on December 3rd, 1960. Together they lived in Swan River and had two beautiful daughters, Bernadine in 1961, and Carla in 1966. Ruth worked in housekeeping at the Hospital in Swan River. In 1970, the family moved to an acreage north of Swan River where they continued to operate the family run business “Specht’s Auto-wrecking”.
Ruth and Ormand were inseparable. They loved working and holidaying together, and especially enjoyed trips to antique auctions, shopping trips to Winnipeg, and fishing at their seasonal site at Lake of the Prairies. In her spare time, Ruth loved to garden and harvest her own fruits and vegetables. There was always a jar of peaches and a pot of tea set out when her four grandchildren came to visit. Ruth’s ultimate passion besides her family, was her love of flowers. Her family joked that she kept all the greenhouses in the valley in business, and she loved to visit the Lily festival each year in Neepawa. She could name any flower and how to care for it, and always had “Lily Magazines” on her kitchen table, with new items circled ready to order.
After retirement, one or Ruth’s favorite pastimes was her coffee dates with her family at Tim’s. They would spend hours visiting or planning the latest family reunion of get together. The staff at Tim’s knew her order by heart, and even offered her a job there at one point, and all the free coffee she wanted. Ruth, graciously declines, but loved to tell that story to her friends and family. Ruth loved to spend time with her great-grandchildren and was dubbed the nickname “GG”. Second only to her family, Ruth’s most prized possessions were her cats, and her dog, Laddie. She never turned a stray animal away. Ruth was quick to laugh, had a heart of absolute god, and was someone her entire family looked up to. She will be forever missed.
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