July 7, 1938 to February 29, 2004
Ruth (Rempel) Fibish died peacefully, with her husband Doug at her side, after a courageous battle with lung cancer in Salmon Arm, B.C. Predeceased by her brothers John and Hank and survived by her brother David and sister Hannah, nieces and nephews and friends, she will be missed dearly.
Ruth was born in Chilliwack, B.C. (mother Louise, father David John Rempel) and lived most of her life in the Abbotsford area. Graduating from Abbotsford Senior High in 1957, Ruth went to work for the Abbotsford branch of the Bank of Montreal in a long and successful career that included working and living in New York City for several years.
Upon returning to Abbotsford, Ruth became reacquainted with Doug Fibish, and in 1974 they married. Although they had no children, Ruth took many youngsters under her wing, and showered her love upon her many nieces and nephews.
In 1983, Ruth moved into a new career in real estate. For as many houses as she sold, she made as many friends, most who remained close to until she passed away. She will also be remembered for her involvement in numerous organizations, clubs and foundations, for which she served as President, Treasurer and Director.
Following their dream of retiring to a more leisurely pace, Ruth and Doug moved to Enderby, B.C. in 2002, making new friends and renewing old friendships. They spent their time exploring the North Okanagan and became active in the local Riverside Dancers square dancing group.
Ruth will always be remembered for her generous spirit, her warm heart, her open house and her love of good wines, which she and Doug enjoyed creating. Always one to make everyone feel special and comfortable, she will be missed by her many friends in Abbotsford, Enderby and around the world.
A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at Enderby Senior’s Complex in Enderby, B.C. on Saturday, March 6th at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the wonderful and caring Palliative Care Unit at Shuswap Lake General Hospital, 601 10th St. NE, Salmon Arm, B.C.