Ruth Ann Allan-Stephenson

Ruth Ann Stephenson

Friday, March 31st, 1961 Sunday, February 28th, 2021

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Obituary for Ruth Ann Stephenson

Born a preemie, Ruth Ann fought to get into this world, and by God, put up an amazing fight to stay. Unfortunately, after a brief but fierce battle with cancer, she passed away at Hospice Wellington, Guelph, on Sunday, February 28, 2021. Ruth Ann was a special caring person who made a great impact on the lives of her family, friends and students. She is lovingly remembered by her husband Don Stephenson and their children Liam, Kieran, Mary and Ethan. She is survived by her brother George Allan and by her sister Linda Stewart (Michael Lue-Kim). Ruth Ann will be greatly missed by her aunts Beryl (Lloyd) Kruschenke and Muriel Tolton and by her uncle Jack (Anne) Allan and their families. She was predeceased by her parents William Arnold Allan (1986) and Charlotte Ellen (nee Maguire) Allan (2018). She loved her many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. The “three amigos” of Susan, Karen and Evelyn had a close life-long friendship with Ruth Ann sharing fun and laughter along the way. Ruth Ann could always depend on her wonderful friends Wilma and Janet.
Animals and nature were close to her heart. Throughout her life, Ruth Ann made a difference with the many creatures that she encountered. She volunteered at the Guelph Humane Society to take care of many animals without homes, and even adopted several herself.
In her empathetic and compassionate way, she would try to solve issues whether they be personal, worldly, or green in nature. She was an advocate for animals and people alike using correspondence or spreading awareness through conversation.
Ruth Ann was able to connect with students of all ages. She taught at College Heights, John F. Ross and Westminster Woods. Over the years, she would be approached in public by former pupils asking, “Miss Allan, is that you?” Often, five years after leaving school, students remember their top three teachers, and Ruth Ann made that list for many of them.
In a last earthly teaching moment, she would likely be shouting down on her way up to the stars above: “Oh yes…and another thing, everyone get a Colonoscopy or FIT test, at the very least.”
Special thanks to family, friends, neighbours, clients of Don, Dr. Sue Stephenson, Bayshore PSWs and Nurses, the staff of Guelph General Hospital and Hospice and to the John F. “Ross Family” for their many acts of kindness during the last difficult months. Your thoughtfulness will always be remembered.
Due to COVID restrictions a private family ceremony will be held. In keeping with Ruth Ann’s wishes, a Celebration of Life will take place when we can gather safely. Albeit Ruth Ann loved flowers and received many during her illness, in lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Wellington would be appreciated.

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Dana Wensley

Dear Don, Liam, Kieran, Mary and Ethan,
We were so saddened to hear of the news of Ruth Ann’s passing. She was an amazing woman and one of those people who spread joy and friendship to others. Her compassion, talent, love of nature and her ability to connect with people will always be remembered.
Wishing you all the best as you carry on your journey without her.
Much love Dana Wensley, David MacDonald, and Gulliver MacDonald (New Zealand)
Comment | Posted at 04:36pm via Condolence

Mary Tyldesley

Dear Don and family: I am shocked and saddened to hear about Ruth Ann’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We hope wonderful memories comfort you in this very tragic time. Sending big hugs, and keeping you all in our thoughts. Mary and Pete Tyldesley
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Rob Coutts

Don, Liam, Keiran, Mary and Ethan,

We are so very sorry for your loss. Ruth Ann was a great mother and a loving wife. She was also a great school teacher and musician.

I have many fond memories growing up with my cousin. As kids, we went through a big thunderstorm with a tree coming down on the cottage. Then three years later, another severe thunderstorm where the cottage was swaying and we thought it might roll over with us in it.

Spending an entire day on a Thanksgiving weekend going deep into a thick forest while helping her collect different types of leaves for a project she was doing when she was in grade eight.

Attending her graduation from university to a time later when she brought me into her own grade seven class as a teacher at Willow Road school to talk to the students about tornadoes and tornado safety.

Lots of laughs, parties and great memories over the years, especially the last Star Wars themed family get together on “May the Fourth” 2019.

She will always hold a special place in our hearts and never to be forgotten.

Tracy, Josh\, Lucas and I will always be there for you if you need anything.


Rob, Tracy, Josh and Lucas Coutts

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Laura Bauman

Don, Liam, Keiran, Mary and Ethan,
I am so sorry for the loss of your wife and mom. I worked with Ruth Ann at Westminster Woods for many years. She was a special teacher and a friendly, caring person to so many staff and students. It was wonderful how Ruth Ann would jump into any role; reading tutor, supply teacher, EA, lunch supervisor at a moments notice. I will remember fondly our staff room conversations about parenting teenagers, and looking after our own parents as Ruth Ann and I had this in common. Her family was so important to her, especially supporting her children. Sending prayers for comfort as you suffer the loss of Ruth Ann.
Laura Bauman
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