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Saturday January 12, 2013

ANDREAE, Ruth Marion (nee Bowman)

Passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on December 23rd, 2012, at age 93. Ruth is lovingly remembered by her two children, Patricia Hornsby (Frederick) of Picton, Ontario and Dr. Daniel Andreae of Toronto; her three grandchildren, Christopher Holt (Audrey) of Georgetown, Ontario, Dr. Carrie Holt (Robert English) of Nanaimo, British Columbia, and Charles Holt (Adrienne) of Toronto, Ontario; and her four great- grandchildren, Emma, Benjamin and Sophie Holt (Georgetown, Ontario) and Finn English (Nanaimo, British Columbia). She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Herbert Christopher Andreae (1919-2005); her parents William John Bowman (1872-1931) and Carrie E. Pace (1874-1922); her sisters, Gertrude (1899-1980), Blanche (1900-1948), Mabel (1905-1906), and Margaret (1908-1916). Born August 19, 1919 in Toronto, Ruth was the youngest of five sisters. Her parents met in 1899 when they were both employees of the T. Eaton Company where her father was eventually appointed the head of Eaton's venerable mail catalogue department. As a child, she attended Bishop Strachan School and she spent summers at the family cottage in Mimico, Ontario surrounded by her sisters, uncles, aunts and cousins. She later attended boarding school at Ovenden College in Barrie where she was active in athletics and theatre and aspired to be a Phys. Ed. teacher. Ruth married R.A.F. Pilot Herbert Andreae in 1941 and the couple spent several years living at air force bases in Ontario and New Brunswick. She recalled the excitement of how thousands assemble at Maple Leaf Gardens to welcome home the returning troops en masse. Ruth greatly enjoyed travelling and visited Australia, Europe, Africa and Asia, all before the advent of the jet age. She and Herb also travelled to Iran in 1971 and once travelled to India with the World Wildlife Fund. Later in life, they lived in France and the United Kingdom before returning to Canada. Her home was full of mementos from her many trips - each accompanied by a story. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother and an endless source of support, love and encouragement. Special thanks to her dedicated caregivers, Janet Dagnell, Lorraine King and May Ayres who comforted and cared for Ruth with compassion in her final years. Interment has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations made in Ruth's memory to The Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation - Ruth Andreae Corneal Fellowship Fund would be greatly appreciated by the family. Please call 416-340-4430.

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