Ruby Marcella King (nee Snow)

July 6, 1928 to June 26, 2019


Born July 6, 1928, Ruby passed peacefully away with her loving family by her side on June 26, 2019. Predeceased by her mother Tryphena, and father Herbert, devoted husband William, sister Pearl, and brother-in-law Jonas. Leaving to celebrate her wonderful life her four cherished sons, Robert (Sheryl), Billy, Barry (Patricia), and Jeffrey, and forever loved, remembered, and missed by her treasured granddaughter Lauren. Also leaving her two beloved brothers Harry and Kevin (Peg) and their families and also Primrose and Linda Bishop, and the many friends whose lives she touched.

Leading Tickles was Ruby’s home until the age of 18. After her father’s passing, she was asked to take over teaching the children of the area when she was just 16 years old, and did so until age 18 when she left for St. John’s to find work to help support her mother and siblings back home. Early in her time in St. John’s she contracted tuberculosis and would face it again a few short years later while she was pregnant with her second son.

After regaining her health Ruby was devoted to her family and her career, and developed a passion for travelling. She worked many years at the Evening Telegram, and then went on to a career with the Newfoundland and Labrador Development Corporation. She also had the opportunity to travel abroad many times with friends and family, exploring everywhere from Acapulco to Yugoslavia. Upon retiring, she became a steadfast volunteer with organizations such as the Lions Club, the Waterford Auxiliary, the Elks Club, the CNIB, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and would receive the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for her dedicated humanitarian services.

Ruby was known for embracing all faiths and welcoming anyone into her home with open arms, friendship, hot meals, and lively music. She thoroughly enjoyed weekly card games with her many friends, as well as a competitive game of scrabble.

A quote she lived by:

“If by chance you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. If you do this, I will live forever.”

Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Saturday, June 29 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. and Sunday, June 29 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held from The Carnell Memorial Chapel on Monday, July 1 at 10 a.m. with interment to follow on Tuesday, July 2 at 1 p.m. in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Field on Honour.


Forever loved.



2-4 p.m. on June 29, 2019

7-9 p.m. on June 29, 2019

2-4 p.m. on June 30, 2019

7-9 p.m. on June 30, 2019

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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10:00am, Monday July 1st

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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1:00pm, Tuesday July 2nd

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Field of Honour


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I worked with Ruby for a few short years in the library at the Newfoundland and Labrador development corporation. She was without a doubt one of the kindest people I have ever met. Most of my good learning experiences in Newfoundland culture and traditions came from Ruby who had the patience and good humour to put up with a very naive mainlander! After I left Newfoundland and moved back to NS I had occasion to attend a conference in St John’s. I was just about to call Ruby to say hello when suddenly the phone rang in my hotel room and I heard her infectious laughter on the phone. I asked her how on earth she knew I was there and she said the minute she had heard about the conference she had called someone to find out if I was attending! That evening I was invited to her home and and all my work friends from several years before had been gathered together and at midnight we had a huge Newfoundland feast which lasted into the wee hours. I have lived from one coast to the other and in several prairie provinces and although I haven’t lived in Newfoundland since 1985 I will never forget the people there and ESPECIALLY Ruby. My sincere condolences to the family who were blessed to have such a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother in their lives. She obviousky touched many hearts. Cynthia Tanner, Victoria BC.

So sorry to hear the sad news, just heard it now. My husband Nelson & I had the privilege of experiencing Ruby’s kindness, love, laughter, & enjoying her music & song, such a beautiful voice. Never forgot her hospitality when I first went to St. John’s to attend Teacher’s Summer School, she cooked up a delicious supper & welcomed me with open arms & wished me well. She never forgot Leading Tickles or all the people she loved. She certainly loved her boys. I am the daughter of the late Albert & Hilda Mitchell, Leading Tickles & I extend special Condolences to all the family. I too loved her & admired her so very much. I now live in Grand Falls/Windsor with my husband Rev’d Nelson Chatman & you are welcome to visit us if in the area. God Bless everyone. Much Love & Prayers from Vida & Nelson+

To the family of the late Ruby (Snow) King, my thoughts & prayers are with you as you go through this sad time. Ruby is family to us, a long time family friend, as I was growing up, she always came to visit with my mom(Hilda Guy Mitchell), with a few hugs and always alot of laughter together. Let your memories help you through this trying time, God Bless you all
Maleasa,Rick & Family

Ruby was a truly lovely lady. I’ll always remember how good ruby was to Mom. She will be missed by many.
Deepest sympathy – Gerald Richardson and Family.

Robert, Billy ,Barry and Geoff., We have such fond memories of your mom. Her music,her meals, her amazing smile and her sweet ,sweet heart.. She had a profound effect on our family. We recently spent countless hours reminiscing over our childhood on Dover Place and the beautiful second Mother we had next door. Billy was right today, when he said ..”she already had earned her angel wings a long time ago.”. Ruby, Thank you for being our Guardian Angel , and the dearest friend to our Mom all these years . You will be immensely missed and cherished by everyone you touched.

Sheena for all the Coyle Clan.

The King Family
Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We have many good memories of her trips to North River to visit her aunt Winnie and our family (Stevens).
She was always so friendly, positive and pleasant and certainly left a lasting reminder of a wonderful personality.
We extend heartfelt condolences.

Joyce and Raymond ANDREWS

So sorry to hear about the sad loss of Ruby she was a sweet lady but hold on to the memories. She would always have a warm welcome for everyone

My deepest condolences on the passing of your Mother, she was a dedicated Lion. Thoughts and prayers to her family.
District Governor Lion Jennifer

To the boys and family,
I am so saddened to hear of Aunt Ruby’s passing. She was such a kind hearted, beautiful and spiritual person that treated all those she met with respect. I will remember fondly the times I spent sleeping over at her home as a teenager. How she catered to my every want especially the times she spent trying to teach me piano even though I don’t have a musical bone in my body! Aunt Ruby treated my mom Georgina like the daughter she never had. I have lots of pictures of mom and aunt Ruby together and people often said they actually looked like mother and daughter! Aunt Ruby was definitely one in a million. My condolences to the King and Snow families.
Gina Renee Evoy ( nee Morris)
( daughter of Georgina Hannam Morris)
( granddaughter of Iris Pat and Jack Hannam)

Mrs. King was such a kind hearted lady with a beautiful heart and soul. Always there to lend a helping hand. May she rest in peace and may you all find peace in the loving memories you shared with her.

My early life on Dover place was next door to the Kings . Besides the 4 boys and the ever musical Dad , mrs Ruby King was perfect !! She loved to talk , cook , entertain , listen and laugh! I once called her from Vancouver for her recipe for fish and brewis , she stopped what she was doing , and we had a great chat. Robert , Billy , Barry , and Jeff , your Mum was amazing , and lovely and we all totally loved her . She will be missed so much , remember all the fun , laughs and all her love . Sending all our love , Nick and Fiona Gibson xxx

Robert, Billy, Barry, Jeffrey and family, Fred and I send our deepest and heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your dear Mom. Your Mom and Dad were always a big part of the Gaulton family and we all shared many great moments over the years. Ruby was always so cheerful, kind, pleasant and always helped others. Bill and our brother, Rennie played together many times entertaining at our house with Ruby singing like an angel. Hold all your treasured moments spent with your Mom close to your heart. Find comfort in those memories to help you all through this difficult time. May God bless you all.

Billy & King family,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mom, Ruby. She was a dear sweet lady and treasured friend of mom & dad (Bren & Mary). I pray that God gives you the strength to endure the grief of this tremendous loss. May you take comfort in knowing that she is reunited with you dad, Bill. God’s Blessing!

Paul & Therese Kelly

Dear Robert, Billy, Barry and Jeffrey –
I am so sorry to hear that your Mom has passed. She was such a wonderful person – when I was just a young girl leaving my hometown of Bell Island to search for work, a friend suggested that I see if Mrs. King would let me stay at her home. My Mom and I went to see her – she was so welcoming – I spent two wonderful years at your home. Jim and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your families – Maureen and Jim

So sorry to hear of Ruby’s passing. Ruby was a beautiful lady we met her though the o’Toole’s & Thorne’s many years ago. Quite a few great parties in NL & Florida brings back so many memories. Thinking of your Family.

The King Family
I am so very sorry to hear your mom has passed away
What a beautiful woman inside and out
May all the wonderful memories you hold dear give you peace during this difficult time

Our sincerest condolences to great old friend.
Ruby, (Mrs King) you’ll never be forgotten for your kind deeds and and beautiful personality.
It was a privilege to have known you & to have stayed at your home during my University years of undergraduate studies.
May God Bless & Keep YOU
Warmest Regards
George & Family

Dear Barry and family,
So sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. Though we lost touch about 5 years ago- I thought of her often. We worked together at NLDC, and we toured Ireland in 1985- shared many laughs and lots of music.
She loved all of you so much- was was proud to talk of your accomplishments. Remember ” a mother’s love never dies”.. May she rest in eternal peace, Pat Parsons- Gander

Dear Barry and the King family,
I have such fond memories of Mrs. King and some great visits to your house on Beech place. She was a lively woman and I always respected her love of music. She was a wonderful presence in Lauren’s life and my thoughts are with you all, and Patricia.

Ruby hired me at NLDC. and from my interview onward I knew I had met a very special woman. She touched so many with her gentle voice and caring attitude. Ruby, I will always remember you., be at peace. Sending love to the family from Kincardine, ON.

My Condolences to all !!

sincere sympathy to Ruby’s family.Always enjoyed her company when sharing a meal at Primrose’s home, Very charming lady.

A Beautiful Lady who will be missed by all who knew her. Rest In Peace Ruby.

Robert,Billy, Barry and Jeffery so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, we always sent her an invite to our parents anniversary (Alf & Drucie Chippett) and she would be there with bells on and always had a speech prepared with such kind and loving words . She will be missed by so many , .Sending love and prayers to you all.. RIP our beautiful Ruby.

Ruby was one special Lady she always came back to her roots had to visit everyone such a sweet caring lady to family and strangers alike this beautiful lady will always be spoken about in Leading Tickles ,our deepest sympathy to her love ones that’s left behind by George and Lillian Luscombe

To all the family Aunt Ruby was a special woman always there for everyone . She will be missed so much by many but has left wonderful memories with us all .

Belinda and Kevin Dominic
All of. Glyn and Yvonne Hannam’ s family

Our Deepest Sympathy to your entire family. Mrs. king was a wonderful, kind and faithful lady to both my parents. Jean and Cecil Stockwood . Always brought a meal or treats to them.. A lady that surely will be missed.
So sorry I will not be there to celebrate her life. presently in Edmonton .

Our sincerest condolences to all the family. Mrs. King opened her arms, heart and home to us; always making us feel so welcome with great conversation and delicious meals. I know she will be missed by so many.

Thinking of you,
Jean & Samantha

Aunt Ruby was a wonderful person and loved by all who knew her.

She a terrific Aunt is every way and a kind sole. She will be dearly missed by her family and many many friends. She was a friend to all and I will cherish her memory close to my heart
Love Niece
Debbie Snow