Ruth Kathleen Merinda Miles Thom

October 20, 1929 ~ March 1, 2019

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Ruth Kathleen Merinda Miles Thom (née: Josephs) at Copper Ridge Place on the evening of March 1, 2019. Ruth passed peacefully surrounded by family.

Ruth was born on October 30, 1929, in Hardisty Alberta. She was predeceased by her mother and father, Effie and Arthur Josephs; her husband John Miles and by her sons and daughter Gene Miles, Ron Thom and Donna (Thom) Wright.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Lawrence Thom; daughters, Terry Miles, Victoria Miles, Beverly (Thom) Lussier (Marty); and sons, Dana Miles (Mig) and Kim Miles. Ruth had 10 grandchildren; Jade, Amber, Amanda, Simone, Nicole, Jaymie, Mackenzie, Eric, Kristen, Caitlin, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Ruth and Lawrence Thom moved to Whitehorse, Yukon from Sherwood Park, Alberta in 1979. Ruth continued her work in microfilm archives with the Yukon Government after which she eventually retired to pursue her love of camping, fishing, photography (of which she won numerous awards) and travelling with Lawrence and friend to near and far off places. She volunteered at the Yukon Arts Centre and was involved with the Ladies Royal Purple of the Elks and also the Ladies Auxiliary of the Legion. Ruth was an avid curler all of her life and participated in many tournaments including the Scotties Tournament of Hearts she enjoyed her life to the fullest with her family and friends.

The family of Ruth Thom expresses heartfelt thanks to all of the staff at Copper Ridge Place who provided Ruth with great caring, compassion and empathy during her stay there.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkinson Society of Canada or a charity of your choice.


  1. Gordon von Finster

    So sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing – my condolences to Larry, Dana, Mig, Kim and other family members….

    • Mig

      Thank you Gord. Your kind words are appreciated.

  2. Lynne Messerer

    Ruth will be greatly missed…will remember her every Christmas with her Nanaimo Bar recipe. Sending love and hugs to the family. Lynne Messerer and family

  3. Alicia Boudeau

    All my condolences. Sending the family lots of love and hugs.

  4. Bradley and Maxine Busk

    Hugs to all the family. Many memories of Ruth when she and Lawrence came out to visit during the summers. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

  5. Pam Rawlinson

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. What a beautiful woman. With a great legacy

  6. Debbie Bromby Johannesson

    My condolences to Ruth’s family. Sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Ruth and her family. Knew them well in my childhood years.


    Sympathy and prayers from the Hill family. Ted, Janet and Joyce. We all will remember Ruth from our time in Hardisty and when she and Lawrence would visit at Helene’s.

  8. Frank Schwertner

    Sad to learn of Ruth’s passing. On behalf of Carol and myself I offer our condolences to Larry and all family members.

  9. Vince Seymour

    Sorry to hear about Ruth’s passing. I have many memories of good times at happy hour at the Legion
    and about a very memorable trip to Juneau. My condolances to Larry and all the family. Ruth you are
    in my prayers.

  10. Daria Watkins

    So sad to hear of Ruth passing. Thoughts and prayers to all from Fagin and Watkins families as we’re all great friends and schools mates for both generations in Hardisty. Ruth and John and my mom and dad were best friends …have memories of beautiful picture of the four of them. Hugs. Jim and Daria (Fagin) Watkins

  11. Carrie Stahl

    On behalf of Robert and Rita and the entire Dekuysscher clan, our heartfelt condolences to Larry, Mig, Dana, and all of Ruth’s family. I know how much my grandparents loved and appreciated so many years of fun and friendship with Ruth and Larry (and their family) over the years. Ruth was always so very kind and lovely – a beautiful human being.

  12. Yvonne LaBar

    I took over Ruth’s position @ YTG when she retired. She was generous with her knowledge & time, about her former job. I learned so much from her. Ruth was a lovely person, & we enjoyed many visits together. Thank you for your teaching and your friendship Ruth!

  13. Sylvia Kitching - Legion

    Like Yvonne – I worked with Ruth and she was such a gem- took time to look after all my microfilming- she was loved by all

  14. jill

    sorry for your loss lawrence i truly mean it .


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