Christina Ruth, a NICU R.N, cared for and touched the lives of thousands of newborns in Calgary, Alberta; and Boston, Massachusetts. Her nursing values, altruism, and dedication to the profession are deeply felt to this day by her fellow caregivers, loved ones, the families of her patients, and even her patients who thanked her later in life for the nurturing and care they received at a critical juncture in their lives. On October 24th, 2015: After suffering a long illness with cancer, Christina gently and gracefully passed away at her home in Winchester, with her family, and good friends by her side.
The “Caring for Angels Foundation” was inspired by Christina’s selfless dedication to assisting her patients and fellow caregivers. The foundation is committed to assisting nurses with educational and training resources. A mission statement is located on the Foundation Mission page of the website. For more information, please visit the Obituary page of the website or view http://www.currentobituary.com/Memory.aspx?Memory_ObitdID=185500.
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On December 21st, 2015, Christina Ruth was acknowledged posthumously with a “Partners in Excellence” individual award at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston. The award, representing the 20th anniversary annual award ceremony, was appreciatively accepted by her husband Gerard Ruth and preceded by a wonderful and moving presentation by fellow Caring for Angels (CFA) Foundation trustee, and dear friend and colleague to Christina, Kerri Duggan, RN, BSN. Kerri eloquently and passionately spoke about Christina’s life journey, culminating at BWH as a NICU caregiver, and ultimately as a patient. All CFA Foundation trustee board members were present for the award ceremony and were joined by Christina’s friends, “nursing family,” and members of Gerard’s family.
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Hello, I wanted to share a brief story – Christina took care of my premature nephew and was so wonderful with him. Sadly despite heroic efforts, Craig did not make it. That experience shaped my daughter Alyson’s future. She has been accepted to 5 Nursing schools (and counting) for the fall and hopes to eventually become a neonatal NP. I wanted to let you know that Christina’s legacy will not only live on in all the children she saved but also in people like my daughter who were inspired to enter the field of nursing after observing the miraculous work that Christina did. We are very sorry for your loss. Best regards, Mary Ellen Riley
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
I first met Christina on the squash courts at the Edgemont Club in Calgary. I cherish the happy memories of our many battles on the courts. She was a talented player and always gave encouragement to others and useful hints! We enjoyed many good conversations during coffee times after our games. Although we only saw each other once since she left Calgary I always looked forward to exchanging cards and news at Christmas time.
Rest in Peace Christina. Your family, friends and workmates will miss you.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Dear Gerard, It has been a little over a month since we said goodbye to our dear friend. We have Christina’s picture close by and everytime we look at her it makes us smile. We have celebrated many happy times together. Cindy remembers Madonna concert where she never stopped dancing and the U-2 concert where Christina never sat down and knew every word of every song. She went to many cooking classes, shared many recipes and we shared many dinner parties with you and Christina, fine wine and pints. Christina sent our daughter two dozens of yellow roses to congratulate her in school. She made our granddaughter a beautiful sweater. She showed concern and love to all of our family. Mostly she was our great friend, shared a wonderful laugh and smile. She will be missed but never forgotten.
-Cindy and Gary Phillips
Even though you are gone, you will always be in my heart forever. We will miss you dearly.
Your loving sister Dorothy & family.
I worked with Christina at Foothills Hospital NICU for many years. We became good friends and we would shop together and cook. I remember we went to a Sting concert once and she thought Sting was cute, she told me she was going to marry a white man, lol, and so she did! I lost contact with her over the years but thought of her often, she was fun to work with and a wonderful nurse. I loved her laugh and her charm. Last week I thought of her more than ever and thought to myself, I need to try again. So here I am and I am shocked. What a beautiful person she was and I know we shared a bond even though it was broken by time. Rest in Peace, beautiful Christina
In your time of mourning, thank you for taking the time to let us know of Christina’s passing. I will send a memorial notice to our staff, and include the link to the heartfelt obituary with the link to the foundation honouring her life and work.
I can hardly imagine the depth of your mourning, and that of her family, losing such an amazing woman at such a young age. My heart and prayers are with you.
Lauren Aldred, MA-PPL
Manager, Spiritual Health
UHNBC, Prince George, BC Canada