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Memorable Manitobans: Ruth Heyes Struthers (1900-1989)

Community activist.

Born at Neepawa on 3 June 1900, daughter of Alfred G. Heyes and Emma Jane Hammond, she graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1920. She taught school at Dauphin and Winnipeg before marrying lawyer Orval Wood Struthers (1895-1980) on 3 September 1928 at Neepawa. They had two daughters: Frances Struthers (wife of Lawrie Pollard) and Susan Struthers (wife of Alan Ackland). She was active in community work, serving as President of the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba, Recording Secretary of the National Council of Women of Canada, and a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba. She was a member of the Rosedale United Church, University Women’s Club, and the Twenty Club. In 1969 she was given a Good Citizenship Award for meritorious service to her community. She died at Winnipeg on 19 July 1989.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary [Orval Wood Struthers], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 January 1980, page 51.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 July 1989, page 40.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 January 2019

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