24072 McCrackenMCCRACKEN, Ruth…..

Peacefully, surrounded by love, Ruth Mae (nee Lawler) McCracken in her 91st year.  Predeceased by her beloved husband Donald McCracken (2007) of 61 years. Loving mother of Bill (Elena), Judy (Bert), Jon and Nancy.  Cherished grandmom of Treena, Christopher, Nicholas and Daniel (Elisa) and great-grandmom of Max.  Survived by her brother William Lawler (the late Dolores). Also missed by sisters-in-law Marjorie McCracken (the late Duncan), Louise Larocque (the late David) and her many nieces and nephews.  Born in Toronto, Ruth married the love of her life Donald after his return from duty as a RCAF navigator in WWII.  Donald’s posting brought many moves throughout Canada and Europe.  After saying good bye to the military life in 1971, Ruth and Don decided that London was where they wanted to plant roots.  Mom explored her creative side when she joined the Lambeth Art Association in the 1970s and enjoyed painting ever since. She was a beautiful and modest painter.  Ruth instilled a love of music in her “brats,” playing piano – Chopin was her favourite.  Mom was the most caring, loving and generous soul, always concerned with the well being of others.  She loved to laugh till everyone was in tears.  Truly the world is a better place for all she touched and nothing will ever replace the void left in our hearts.  Many thanks to all who helped her in her time of need, especially the Victoria Hospital staff in the ER and ICU.  Surrounded by her four children and son-in-law, she passed the way she lived; with grace and dignity.  Friends will be received by the family one hour prior (1-2pm) to the service, being conducted in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 2pm. Cremation and private inurnment in Woodland Cemetery, London.  As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation 180-633 Colborne Street, London ON  N6B 2V3.  Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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