Ruby Young

Ruby Young passed away on July 26, 2013.

Survived by her children Eleanor (Ted) Crabtree, Sharon Kinloch (Joe) and Martin Young (Yvette).  Grandsons Jay Kinlock (Jill), Jack Young (Michelle), Jeff Young (Theresa) and Cameron Smith (Collette).  Great grandchildren Tyla and Sheldon Hay, Jack and Jake Young, Trey and Riggs Young, and Corbin, Alicia and Dylan Smith.  Great, great granddaughters Hannah and Gracelyn.

Predeceased by her husband Ken, brother Ken, sister Roxie, and great grandson Jeff.  Ruby is also survived by sister-in-law Isobel Wilson, nieces Donna, Trudy, Faye and nephews Jeff, Brock, Mark, Eddie,Curt and their families, and predeceased by sisters-in-law Ruth, Dot,Joan, niece Elda, and nephew Glen.

Ruby came to Merritt in 1935 to teach in her first school at the Minnie Lake ranch.  She stayed with Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Sellers, five of their six girls and three of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Davis’ children made up the school.  The next year the Davis family moved to Aspen Grove, leaving too few pupils for a school.  

After spending a winter with the Sellers family at Mud Lake, Ruby went back to Victoria and applied for a school at Louis Creek.  There she met and married Ken Young, who had just taken over the Apple Tree Farm from his parents.  

She resumed her teaching career, raised three children and become a farmer’s wife.  

They moved to Exlou in 1963 and Ruby retired from her teaching and librarian position in 1975.

After Ken’s death in 1989 she moved to Kamloops and then to Merritt in 2007.

The family would like to thank the staff at Nicola Meadows, Nicola Valley General Hospital and Coquihalla-Gillis House for their care and kindness shown to our mother and grandmother.

A celebration of Ruby’s life will take place at the Barriere Legion Hall on August 24, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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