Patricia, who is very proud of her sister’s actions tells us: “I’d like to share with you the story of my loving sister Ruth.
“Born in 1922, Ruth was one of six kids in our family, we grew up during the harsh years of the Depression. Our mother and father were terrific examples to all of us children. Dad was never out of work, and for that we were all very grateful. Mum was a truly charitable woman. She would give vegetables and money to those in need and was also known to take in homeless people.
“We grew up during the Depression. However, our parent’s work ethic, kindness and boundless generosity instilled in Ruth a strong responsibility to “give back”. Her practical way of doing this was to donate to charity. She also engaged in volunteer work that she felt benefitted the community.
“In 1941 Ruth joined the WAAF. She was a true-blue Aussie. After the war she married. She had her daughter Annette and worked in a volunteer capacity. Later as a single mum, Ruth supported her family by working for MBF. It was through her community spirit and tireless volunteering she came to know almost everyone who lived in the Manly area! Her daughter Annette was also strongly connected. She was a high school teacher in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney.
“Ruth and Annette loved to travel and together shared many journeys overseas. Sadly, Annette died several years ago from bowel cancer. With her daughter’s passing Ruth’s passion became her garden. Like our mother, almost everything Ruth touched grew and grew well. Ruth learned a lot from Mum and always looked up to her.
“Ruth loved children and was always very generous to her family and friends. One of her sorrows was that she did not have any grandchildren. But the love she would have had for them she gave to my children. I am very proud of Ruth’s decision. She decided to donate in her Will to Multiple Sclerosis Limited and other charities. It was based on her values and bountiful love for others … always wanting to give back to the community.
“I miss Ruth greatly. But she continues to have an impact on many lives through her generous legacy. She is making this world a better place for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS).”