THORNE, Mary “Ruby”

THORNE, Mary “Ruby” – Mary “Ruby” Thorne passed away peacefully on Friday, April 2, 2021 at the Passamaquoddy Lodge in St. Andrews, NB. She was born on July 6, 1917 in Rhein, Saskatchewan to the late Peter and Irene Bodnaryk.

  Ruby was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her four children: Linda Leavitt of Back Bay, NB, Janet Crawford of Chilliwack, BC, Claire Wright of Saint John, NB and Delbert Jr. (Sherry) of St. George, NB; eight grandchildren: Blair (Rebecca) Wright, Tammy Leavitt, Greg (Melissa) Wright, Julie Poitras (Dave McBride), Genvieve Poitras (Sam Casey), Ryan (Carla) Wright, Jessica Thorne and Eliott Thorne (Sammy Baldry-White); five great-grandchildren: Adele, Ewan, Graham, Phillip and Octavia; as well as several nieces and nephews.

  She is predeceased by her husband Delbert Sr; siblings John, Harry, Steve, Metro, Nellie and Annie; and son-in-law Larry Leavitt.

  Ruby lived a full life. She loved to dance and took lessons in tap, ballet, and highland fling in her youth. In 1940 she traveled to New Brunswick and worked at the Park Hotel (now St. Stephen’s University) in St. Stephen. She married and moved to St. George. There she worked at the local pharmacy, telephone office and Seymour McKay’s store. 

  She was independent, creative, perseverant, optimistic and loved to work, making her a successful entrepreneur. She was a wonderful seamstress and cook, with cinnamon rolls and pies being her specialty. In 1959, she owned and operated Ruby’s Restaurant for 10 years. In 1970, she opened St. George Fabrics and the Sears order office for 25 years.

  In her later years, Ruby enjoyed gardening, New River beach, bowling, playing bridge and travelling. She was a member of the Granite Town Seniors (treasurer), the St. George Garden Club, and the St. George United Baptist Church. She travelled throughout the world, with Fiji being her favourite. She celebrated the milestones and success of her family throughout her life.

  A sincere thank you goes out to the staff of Passamaquoddy Lodge for their care and attention to our Mom/Nan. She will be greatly missed.

  Arrangements are in the care of the St. George Funeral Home, St. George, NB (755-3533). Due to COVID-19 restrictions there will be no visiting or funeral service, but a memorial will be held later in the year. Online condolences and donations may be placed at