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Obituary: Emily Ruth Wilson

Emily Ruth Wilson, age 88, of Port Washington died April 28, 2013. Ruth was born in Canada but grew up in the United States where her father was an Old Testament professor at the University of Chicago.

Ruth studied English at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. She served as Associate President of the Victoria College Union, the highest elected U-of-T position a woman could then hold.

While in college, Ruth met her future husband, law student Wilfred James Wilson. In 1956, Wilfred, Ruth, and their two older daughters immigrated to the United States and Port Washington so that Wilfred could work for TIAACREF.

Ruth instilled in her daughters a deep appreciation of the arts and humanities. She was a journalist (Toronto Star, Winnipeg Free Press), playwright ( Theater, Adelphi University), poet, puppeteer, singer, and sweet and loving mother. Her most significant final project was a biography of her beloved, distinguished father.

Many of Ruth’s fondest memories were of her summers spent at family cottages in Muskoka, Ontario during her childhood and on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia later in her life. The family plans to scatter Ruth’s ashes in both these locations next summer.

Ruth is survived by her daughters Drs. Mary and Helen Wilson, her soninlaw, Dr. Stephen McGowan, her granddaughter, Hannah McGowan, and her granddaughter-in-spirit, Toni Uy. Ruth’s husband, Wilfred, and her eldest daughter, Susan, are deceased.

Ruth’s cremation was handled by Austin F. Knowles, Inc. Funeral Home. A service in Ruth’s memory will be held on Saturday, July 13 at 3:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church, 9 Carlton Ave, Port Washington. Contributions in Ruth’s memory may be made to Fountain House or  Doctors Without Borders