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RUBY, Julia Mary (nee Ross) -Peacefully at her home in Oakville on January 20, 2006, in her 90th year. Beloved wife of A. Walling Ruby and sister of Anne Leake Predeceased by her son Ross Ruby. Much loved and most loving mother of Julia Foster (Robert), Jan Ruby (Mary Thomson), Joanna Ruby, Victoria Ruby (Howard Freeman) and Mary Ruby (Wood Hill). Cherished Grandmother of Robert (Jenny), Simon (Melanie), Joanna and Jessica Foster; Sarah and David Armstrong; Brooke and Ross Freeman; Julia and Isabel Ruby-Hill; and great-grandmother of Robbie. Loving Aunt of Rae Zimmerman, Andrea, Lisa and Martha Leake. Julia grew up in Toronto and attended Bishop Strachan School. She graduated from McMaster University (BSc), where she met Walling. Outside of her family life, Julia devoted herself to many charitable and not-for-profit organizations, but none more than the YWCA. Her involvement began with War Service Overseas and was stationed in Edinburgh and London. She served as President of the YWCA Toronto, President of the YWCA Canada and, for a number of years, was a Canadian member of the YW's World Council, which began her involvement with African and other third world countries, through many organizations. The Family extends a special thank you to her extraordinary caregiver, Hanna Gulcz, for her compassion and kindness. A fund has been established at the YWCA Toronto, to honour and continue Julia Ruby's life long work for the safety and betterment of women and girls. Contributions will be gratefully received and may be made to: The Julia M. Ruby Fund, YWCA Toronto, 80 Woodlawn Ave. E Toronto, ON. M4T 1C1, or by phone at 416-961-8101 x 352 or on line at ywcatoronto.org. Respectfully, no flowers thank you. A Memorial Service will be held on February 9th at 2:00 o'clock at Yorkminster Park Baptist church, 1585 Yonge St., north of St. Clair Avenue. A reception will follow.
Published in National Post from Jan. 24 to Jan. 26, 2006