Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday April 29, 2023
Ruth Evangeline (Gordier) Shillington passed away at the age of 93 years at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on March 29, 2023.
Born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia in 1929 to the late Ella (Stull) and George Arnold Gordier, she grew up in several small towns in Ontario, graduating from High School in Thornbury. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario and the Ontario College of Education. Due to her having one year of teaching experience in a rural public school in Maple Island, she was accepted in 1952 to teach Business at Blenheim District High School, where she met Peter Shillington. They were married in 1957, this “wouldn’t last” union, which lasted over 60 years until Peter’s death in 2018. Surviving is an adopted son, Harold (Dawn); grandchildren April (Adam), Benjamin (Robyn) and great grandson Noah. Also survived by Jim (Mary) Shillington, Jean (Neil) Armstrong, Sharon Gordier and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by Paul Shillington (2016), Carol Shillington (2013) and Lyle Gordier (2020). Very close friend to Mike Burke (Shelley).
Ruth taught Business in Blenheim District High School for 13 years, then transferred to Chatham-Kent Secondary School, where she remained until retirement in December 1985.
Ruth was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron, District Deputy Grand Matron, and two years as Grand Representative of the State of Texas in Ontario. She served the Blenheim United Church Women as pianist and Treasurer and sang in the choir.
Ruth and Peter loved travelling, especially cruising, and visited all seven Continents. In her spare time, she would knit and crochet.
A special thank-you to Ruth’s caregiver, Mary Giroux and to her special friends Ron and Cathy White, Marion Warwick, Janet Kemp, Paul and Joyce Seagrave, and fellow teacher Dale McReynolds that have cared for her over the past number of years.
A Celebration of Life officiated by Pastor Tim Joyce will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday April 29, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Friends wishing to remember Ruth with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Word of Life Soup Kitchen.
Online condolences and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com