Born to Fred and Edith Alf, Ruth Maiers was partially named after the daughter of a neighbour in her hometown of Dauphin, Ruth Brinkman who was a nurse. Mom had always wanted to be a nurse since childhood. As she often said this was primarily so she could look after her big brother Roy if he became sick, who Mom talked a great deal about and loved dearly.
Coming from an athletic family, as a child Mom loved ice skating and after the birth of her son David in later years was noted as going with his elementary school class to tie skates. She would bring out her long bladed speed skates, something few had seen before, and would race around with the kids on the Roblin Arena ice surface. In the summer time Mom could be found playing badminton with me in the yard, something that continued through university and was noted in the neighbourhood.
Mom served 42 years as a Registered Nurse at Roblin Hospital, later to be known as the Roblin District Health Centre in Roblin, Manitoba. Her career in Roblin spanned the years 1955 to 1997 and she was head nurse for a time. Upon her arrival in Roblin she was known for going down the hallways happily whistling and providing clothing and toys to those who needed it out of her own pocket, helping many families. In the later years of her time at the hospital she was noted as being the "go to" nurse on ambulance trips. During that period she never lost a patient on a trip often making as long as five hour trips to destinations as far away as Winnipeg and Saskatoon in dire circumstances, a record of service she was quite proud of.
Fortunate as my father and her husband Len, Mom was able to enjoy a very long retirement in good health often in my company. We travelled extensively within Canada in Mom's later years enjoying a great amount of time in southern Ontario with relatives.
As with her husband Len and son David, Mom had a passion for trains and all things railroad related. She spent time on many trips with first Dad and then me out photographing trains and rural subjects over her many years.
On recent trips to the Canadian National Railway mainline she was always quick to remind workers we encountered on our visits that she was a "Railroader's daughter" and also from a four generation CN railroad family of which she was very pleased with. The men had extensive conversations with Mom about the railroad and she enjoyed them. When questioned about her favourite place of these trips she had been on over the years her answer to me was "Wherever you wanted to go."
My mother Ruth Maiers passed away in hospital in Roblin with dignity on Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at age 88.
-written by David Maiers