Lila Elgie

RuthLila Ruth Elgie passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Chatham-Kent Hospice on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Ruth was born in Beechwood, Howard Township on June 16, 1922, daughter of Artimita (Hayes) and Angus Johnson, and granddaughter of Samuel Hayes, an Irish potato famine immigrant.

She found her calling as a teacher and touched many lives over her 94 years. During her early teaching career in Dresden, she met her life partner Kenneth Elgie who left her too early in 1988. Ruth and Ken lived at Fairview Farm in Dawn Mills and raised six children there. After her family, Ruth’s greatest love was quilting and gardening.

She is survived by her six children and their families: Kathleen and Phillipe Elsworthy, William & Deborah Elsworthy and Miriam Elsworthy; Margaret and Dave Nagi, Debra Douglass and Hassan Rifaat (Laith Rifaat), and Billy Dee Douglass; Beverly Whitelaw, Ken, Erin and Sarah Whitelaw; Evelyn Giangregorio, Domenic Giangregorio; Earl and Nancy Elgie, Ryan (Owen and Poppy Elgie), Colin and Debra (Luke Elgie), Grant and Amy, Parker Elgie; William and Loree Elgie, Allison, Kenneth, Jennifer Elgie. She is also survived by her sister Lillian Kirby and several nieces and nephews. Ruth is predeceased by two sons-in-laws Jim Whitelaw and Edilio Giangregorio; her siblings and in-laws: Hanley and Enid Johnson, Helen and John Wilson, Walter and Marjorie Johnson, Donald and Margaret Johnson, Dorothea and James Beatty.

Visitors will be received at the Badder Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 679 North St., Dresden on Saturday, July 16th from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. The Celebration of Ruth’s life will be held from the funeral home on Sunday, July 17th at 2pm. Interment in Blackburn Cemetery will occur at a later date.

In Lieu of flowers, donations to Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation and Blackburn Cemetery are gratefully appreciated. Online donations and condolences may be left at


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