Ruthie Douglas Herder

November 21, 1951 to August 30, 2020


Passed peacefully away August 30, 2020 at home. Daughter of the late Hubert and Joan (Hickman) Herder. Predeceased by husband Gordon Laws in 2005 and sister Gail Gushue in 2010. Leaving to mourn: daughters Gillian Kennedy (Dan), Robin Laws and Jamie Laws. Grandchildren Connor and James Kennedy of Toronto, sister Ginny Russo (Dan) of Pennsylvania and dear cousin and friend Randy Bell (Ginny) of CBS. Ruthie will be greatly missed by a large circle of great friends and relations. A very special thank you to Barbie Mosher and Maureen Anonsen for their unwavering support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice. A celebration of life to follow at a later date.


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Gillian, Robin and Jamie,
I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Ruth was such a positive, caring person with an infectious laugh. After babysitting you guys for so many years we had many conversations when your parents would come home and your Mom was so cute and funny. Thoughts are with you guys at this time.

Gillian, Robyn and Jamie,
My sincerest thoughts are with you. I will always remember your mom as a kind and gracious person.
Take care!
Serena Hancock

Gillian, Robin and Jamie,

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was such a smart, loving and dedicated family woman. I always loved your mom’s wonderful sense of humour and contagious laugh.

Thinking of you and the family during this sad time.

Thoughts and prayers,


Gillian, Robin and Jamie My sincere condolences at the passing of your mother. I am sorry for your loss. Your mom was so energetic and fun. she will be missed by all who knew her.


My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. Please know you’re in my thoughts.

I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. She was such a bright light.

Gillian, Robin, Jamie & Ginny , sending you all so much love & strength during this time of such sorrow. I know that we will have such fun & precious memories of our Ruthie to cherish going forward.

I have been friends with Ruthie for over 50 years.Ruthie had a sense of humor as dry as a bone and she delivered zingers that would crack us all up. There was a big group of us and I know we all .loved Ruthie. and will miss her so much.

To the family my condolences and to all the girls, when time is right we will raise a glass to our dear friend

Gillian, Robin and Jamie, Ginny and family.

I am so sorry to hear about Ruthie’s passing . We had been friends for 57 years. We had so much fun together. Her beautiful smile and sense of humour will never be forgotten. May you keep your memories of her close to your your heart, always remembering how much she loved you. As will I.

To the family ,so sorry for your loss , keep the memories with you as you go on in life . Thinking of you all.

Gillian, Robin and Jamie
So sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. Almost 50 years have passed since our last contact at PWC or hanging around, but I still remember that smiling face and eyes and that Ruthie laugh. Pleasure to have known her.
Keep the memories close. God Bless

Dear Jamie, Gillian and Robin, and Ginny
I have known Ruthie since my early childhood , mostly as my sister Fluff’y’s good friend . Since returning to Nl I have loved Ruthie’s great spirit, and Unique humour at our girlie gatherings . She always added to the fun and we will all miss her for sure!
My best wishes are with you all as you comfort each other .
With love
Susan Cole Venn

Gillian,Robin and Jamie,
I send my love and condolences to you at this sad time. Ruthie and I go way way back and I will miss her terribly. .She was so much fun and was witty beyond words. Her laugh was infectious .To know her was to love her. My thoughts are with you,,her three treasures , and Ginny and the extended family..

Condolences and peace for Ruthie’s family. I knew her from school, Macpherson Jr. High and PWC.

Robin and family
I shock and sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Ruth was always there to support you and all the teams you played for during school. She was always so positive to chat with and always pitched in to help. Please accept condolences from myself, my wife Michelle, Becky (her son Cole) and Erin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family.

Gillian, Robin and Jamie
I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing.. Ruthie will be very much missed by everyone who knew her. My condolences to you and the family.

Gillian ,Robin and Jamie,
I send you my sincere condolences on the passing of you mom.
Had many conversations with Ruthie when she would visit your grandmother at POPIN while I worked my summer’s there.
May she rest in peace

Ruthie was a fun, sincere, loving , wonderful gal and will be missed by so many, old and young! Condolences to all of her daughters and family!

Dear Gillian, Robin and Jamie. I am devastated to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a dear and great friend of mine at Macpherson and PWC . We all had so much fun with Ruthie hanging out at her pad on Kings Bridge Rd , roller skating ,partying at Fluffs and getting into mischief with Brenda.. It seems like the good old days For sure.. She had so much charisma and always fun and a good friend to so many. Especially Barbie. She was a strong woman and journeyed through some tough times but kept that beautiful smile. May peace and love be with all her family and friends. She is in my prayers. Sincerely Ronda Lake Parker

My heart goes out to you, Gillian, and to your sisters and family.

Ruthie was always a bright light and such fun. She shared so much laughter with us in our work as The Brinton Hot Dog Ladies, but only Ruthie could find hot dog earrings to complete her outfit and honour the “gravitas” of our work.

Sweet memories.

Please accept my deepest condolences.

My deepest and sincere sympathy to Jill, Robin ,and Jamie during this very difficult time.
. I spent many wonderful times with your Mom and especially on our trips together over the last few years..
She was loved by all who knew her and will be missed terribly..My thoughts are with all the family .

we are so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a lovely person. We had lots of good times at soccer games , road trips and team parties . We are thinking of you at this most difficult time. Noel and Patsy Breen