Ruth Gertrude Godden (French)

October 25, 1958 to May 27, 2020


With saddened hearts, on May 27th, 2020 the family of Ruth Godden (French) said goodbye to an amazing woman. At the age of 61 years and after a courageous battle with cancer, Ruth passed in St. John’s, NL in the comforting presence of her children Nicole and Daniel. Predeceased by her parents Edwin and Mary Godden (Seviour), sister Susan, and brothers-in-law Ellis Stuckless and John Nichol. Ruth will be forever loved and missed by her daughters Nicole and Julie (Dan), son Daniel, sisters Rosann Cashin (John), Gillian Godden, Mary Stuckless (Ellis), and Edwina Godden (Naz); brother Arthur Earl (Iva), aunts and uncles, as well as a large circle of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, colleagues and others that she has impacted. Ruth will always be remembered for her generosity, love of family, her welcoming spirit and ability to make each niece and nephew feel like Auntie Ruthie’s favourite. A very special mention to close family friends Joseph Tapper, Darlene Lundrigan and Bernice Pond. She felt blessed to have you all in her life. In compliance with Ruth’s wishes, cremation has occurred, and a celebration of her life will take place at a future date.



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To Daniel ,Nicole and family. It’s with heavy Heart that I only found out about your Moms passing. Today She was my wife in the very early years and I do have memories of some beautiful times together. It was nice to reconnect with her in later years and get to spend time with you both. She alway was a free spirit with a loving and beautiful heart. Very sad she was taken too early from you both. Big hugs and stay safe and stay well.. I would like to know if there is a gathering to cell her life. Difficult what with COVID-19. I my self got diagnosed with Cancer this year. My contact is Tel. 902 717 2036.

I was a co-worker of Ruth’s at the Delta hotel for the past few years and can honestly say that she was one of the sweetest, dearest people I have ever met in my life. We had many a long conversation about family, work and about the illness she had and the hard treatment she had to indure. Having lost both my parents to cancer, I knew what she was struggling with and saw the courage she had to try and fight the disease.

She would light up the room when she was there and there were days you knew she was struggling to keep going, but she never complained and always had a smile on her face. I loved her dearly and will miss her terribly. If there is anyone who deserved angel wings it was Ruth. My deepest condolences to get family, just remember she is never really gone as she will watch over you in spirit forever.

With heartfelt sadness for your loss of your mom.

To Ruth’s family my deepest condolences. I have thought a lot about Ruth this week she was such a special lady. We spent the first 12 years of our lives almost inseparable . We walked to school together, ballet lessons, we climbed nearly every tree on Empire Ave. The time we got stuck on the cliffs of Signal hill. Wow how did we every get out of that. Sore high my Angel.

Dear Nicole and Daniel – I went to school with your mom when she attended Edgehill – she was always full of life and laughter and left a magical mark on everyone . Ruth ( and we had some great nicknames for her too ) was a leader and found time for everyone from Field Hockey tips to spiking the ball to picking out a dress for the prom- she had a shoulder for all. I have wonderful memories however I am sure you have many many more memories to treasure which I hope bring you comfort. Sending my condolences and love – Gudie Hutchings ( nee Lundrigan )

It was a joy to meet her on every occasion. A professional by every measure! My condolences to her family and friends.

RIP Ruth

Deepest Condolences to Ruth’ s ,family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP Ruth. ❤️????????????????

To all of Ruth’s family, we send our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Hello Daniel,
So sorry to hear about your Mom.
Michael Thistle
Barbara Thistle

My sincere condolences to Ruth’s family and friends as you honour her life. I remember Ruth as a young child when she was a neighbour at Empire Avenue.

My sincere condolences to Ruth’s Children and Family. Ruth was one of the beautiful people with a laugh as large as her personality. It was My pleasure and good fortune to have known Her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest In Peace My Friend..

So sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing, we all hung out years before we ever had kids. Your mom was a beautiful person inside and out, I always remember her big joyful laugh. Rest in Peace Ruth.

I am so sorry to hear of Ruthie’s passing. Even though Ruthie and I are cousins once removed??? we only met on a couple of occasions. The first time was when I was 8 or 9 and I went with Margot and Ann Thomas to Y for young children. Ruthie walked up to me and declared that we were cousins. My first impression of her never wavered, Ruthie was a people person with a beautiful energy. Her passing is indeed a great loss.

My heart and prayers go out to you all. It is so unfortunate to lose a mother and even more unfortunate ar such a young age. She will be with you forever, just hold on to that. She will be here in spirit forever, even though she cannot be here in body. She will vve forever missed.

Take Care. Michelle

I am very sad to hear of Ruth’s passing. We played volleyball together for a number of years. She was a great person. I always enjoyed her infectious laugh. My condolances to her children.

To Ruth’s family. :
Edwina , Mary n all the Goddens whom I have never met and of course her children!
Please accept my deepest sympathy on her untimely passing.
I was so shocked to read it today.
I have known Ruth since Edgehill 1975-76 n I was n am so glad I met her!
She was a great athlete n one of the finest volleyball players I have ever coached!
She was a vibrant young woman those days n always smiling. n like me ,
so proud to be from Newfoundland!
I saw her again when I moved back to NL in the early 1980ties to Sin John’s
n always enjoyed a few laughs and drinks with her out on the town.
I have not seen her since ,
but always thought highly of her n wondered how she was getting on.
I can understand how n why she impacted so many people as the condolences have said.
May God Love Her n May the Lord
comfort you all in your hour of sorrow.
Frank Hiscock.
Former Teacher.

The Goddens family, I have known Ruth since I was young with my father and uncle Richard’s family to visit old house on Carpasian Rd in the 1970’s. Rest In Peace Ruth!

To Ruth’s family and all of us life long friends, please accept my most sincerest condolences at this difficult time.

Daniel and family. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Your memories of her will always be precious to you and will help you in the future. Take care. Ruth and Wilf

Go rest high on that mountain
Ruth Godden, your work on earth is done.
RIP You were a great friend and you will be missed.

So sorry. Ruth was such a sweet person. Always had a smile. Will be missed ????

Nicole, Daniel, and family: So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Her true source of joy and inspiration in life came from you guys. No doubt, it was what kept her battling to her last breath. God bless you during this difficult time!

Fly high with the Angels Ruth ❤️❤️❤️????????????????????????????????????????????????

My condolences to the family. Ruth was a lovely lady

Ruth was a very sweet person. I loved the fact that she could laugh ( very loudly) at anything! She was so funny and had a lust for life that more people should have. Definately in heaven now watching Coronation st. Rest in peace Ruth.

So sorry for Ruth’s daughter and son, family and friends on her passing. She was a friend from many years ago. Ruth loved her children and family and loved having her friends around. Rest In Peace my friend.

Giving my heart felt condolences to your family at this time. I’m a friend/ co worker of your mother’s and will miss her dearly. She was the sweetest woman I’ve ever met and she always brought a smile to my face. I wish you all well especially at this difficult time.

Nicole, Daniel and family. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Heartfelt condolences to you all at this very sad time. Your mom was a coworker/friend of mine and I will miss her for sure. RIP Ruth


Nicole and Danial
I was very sorry to hear this morning about your Mom’s passing. Having known her since our teen years, we became close friends over the years.
I hope you two are doing ok. She is in a better place today.
If I can help you in any way, please reach out.
Todd Martin