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Ruth Sehn

Ruth Sehn Obituary

Ruth Eileen (nee Salmon) Sehn
July 26, 1928 – March 16, 2024

Ruth Eileen Sehn of Camrose Alberta. passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at the age of 95 years.

Ruth was the third child born to George and Edna (Wells) Salmon at their ranch home on the shore of Buffalo Lake near Donalda. Ruth was a loving child who adored her parents, grandparents, and siblings. She spent summer days playing in Buffalo Lake with her siblings and cousins. She often shared her happy childhood memories of Skybo School and of her many rural country friends. Ruth was a life-long caregiver. When she graduated from the Bashaw high school she went to work at Ponoka Hospital. In 1947, at 19 years of age, she moved to Camrose and started work at Rosehaven, escorting the first patients from Ponoka. Ruth loved those patients and she enjoyed her many co-workers who became life-long friends. She retired in 1991. Ruth had a great sense of humour, an innate ability to recite poetry, she loved dogs, trees, and she had a deep interest in following the politics of the nation. After retirement she travelled to Africa with a friend and created some wonderful memories. Ruth was a devoted, loving mother and grandmother. She had a caring faith life, participating in church, making friends, and quietly living a life of service. She was an active community volunteer. Particularly close to her heart was her time spent volunteering with various care facilities in Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, and Camrose. Ruth was a social person who always looked forward to the Tuesday night suppers with the Rosehaven retirees. She loved visits with her siblings, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She will be remembered for her warmth, kindness, generosity, and quick wit.

Ruth’s loved ones left are daughters Joan Kerik, Leith Atkinson and Carol (Graham) Wideman; son Greg Atkinson; best friend Elaine Galenza; brother Alec (Shirley) Salmon; sister-in-law Hadie Salmon; grandchildren Shane, Jessica (Jason), Norm (Janette) and Ann (Mark), Tracy (Javier), Michelle (Jay), Jillian (Christopher), Preston, Jordan (Laura Lea), Layne (Tannis), Christopher (Kaitlyn), and Drew; great-grandchildren Shaylea, Gabriel, Michael, Korbyn, Izabella, Fynn, Isla, Emmett, Brendan (Alyssa), Kristin (Mitchel), Margaret, Nathaniel, Eileen, Sophia-Ray, Aubrey, Everly, Irelyn, Violet, Marek, and Arabelle; great great-grandson Bennett; stepchildren Joyce, Susan, Keith, and Sharon; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Ruth was predeceased by her first husband Charles Kerik, second husband Leo Atkinson, and third husband John Sehn; son Glenn Kerik; parents George and Edna Salmon; brothers Bruce Salmon and Frank Salmon; and sisters Aline LaRose and Edna “Bunny” Stickel; as well as numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in law.

The family is grateful for the care provided by Faith House, St. Mary’s Hospital and Louise Jensen Care Centre.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at Weber's Mount Pleasant Chapel in Camrose.

If friends and family so desire, memorial donations would be greatly appreciated to Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories or Special Olympics Alberta-Camrose.

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Celebration of Life
May 11, 2024

2:00 PM
Weber's Mount Pleasant Chapel
2 Mt Pleasant Dr
Camrose, AB T4V2L7
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