SHE’S GONE HOME Ruth Doris Porter (nee: Hagen) was delivered May 10, 1924 at home by her Grandma Hagen on the farm 2.5 miles south of Hagen, SK. She was the middle child with 3 brothers and 5 sisters. There was always a lot of work to be done on the farm. There were 25 to 30 cows to milk, and chickens, horses, sheep and pigs to care for. And of course, there was a massive garden to tend and many berries to pick. Completing their Grade 12 education was very important in their family and Mom was a brilliant student. She enjoyed correspondence courses because she could work at her own pace. Marks were totally determined by the final exam. She attended Harmony school in Hagen, and never once rode in a motorized vehicle to school. She was also a very talented athlete, and started playing ball with the Hagen Ladies team when she was 13. She was their pitcher and short stop. They participated in all of the summer sports days in the area. She pitched for her granddaughters on her 80th birthday. We were all impressed! She loved music and started to play the piano as a teenager. She carried on with lessons in Prince Albert and bought herself a piano. She played it often on the farm. She became the “temporary” pianist for Zion Lutheran Church and then the Anglican church. This temporary position lasted for about 60 years. After she graduated from high school she took the train to Prince Albert to interview with Burns Meats as their plant chemist. She started working there on July 15, 1942 and stayed with the company for over 8 years. She called it the “best job in Prince Albert”. Looking back, she would wonder how they could trust her with the responsibility for the health and safety of so many members of the armed forces and civilians as an 18 year old girl from the country. Her love of learning drove her to find time to take classes from the University of Chicago as well as a business course. She pitched for the Burns softball team in the Ladies league and took up bowling and curling. She met Dad (George Rae Porter) at the curling rink. They got married September 3, 1950. As women did at that time, she quit her job at Burns. However, she found being a housewife too boring so she worked in the office for Simpsons Sears for a while until Roxanne was born. After that she had no spare time. They lived in their house on 10th Street East in PA, but pulled a small trailer to Kinistino for the summers so Dad could help with the Porter farming. They moved into the house on their farm just south west of Kinistino in November, 1955. They never had cattle, but Dr. Fahlman kept a number of horses there, which we all enjoyed a great deal. Of course, there was a large garden and a lot of berries to pick. She also did the trucking during harvest. In August of 1983, Randy moved to the farm and they moved to their house in town. She lived there till April, 2010 when she moved in to the “unit”. She lived on her own untill October, 2021 when she went to stay with Roxanne and Richard in Davidson. They played 291 games of crib, and she won 95 of them. She went back to Kinistino for her 98th birthday and walked around town with a huge smile on her face. She would say that the secret to her longevity was walking, miles and miles! Realizing she shouldn’t live on her own, but wanting to go back to Kinistino, she moved in to Jubilee Lodge on June 3rd. She had a bad fall on June 10th and passed away June 23rd, 2022. Predeceased by Rae, 6 siblings, 9 brothers-in law and 5 sisters-in-law she leaves behind her sisters, Bernice Singer and Joyce Daniels, Sisters-in-law Elsie Porter and Bette-Lou Hagen and many nieces and nephews. She is remembered by her children: Roxanne (Richard) Johnson, Randy (Marilyn Beaulieu), Roland and Rhonda (John) Reimer; Grandchildren: Trystan (Heather) Johnson, Jillian Johnson (Lindsay) Strachan, Carlynn Johnson (Mitch) White, Tara Porter, Stuart Porter, Tyrell (Christel) Reimer and Tella Reimer; and great Grandchildren: Leah, Grace and Faith Jones, Kaylee, Allie and Kelsey Porter, Bronwyn and Hadley Johnson, Aiden and Reese Strachan, Evey and Benson White and Tucker and Tyson Reimer. Memorial Donations in Memory of Ruth maybe directed to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Saskatchewan Heart and Stroke Foundation and /or a Charity of One's Choice. A Celebration of life service will be announced at a later date.
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