COX, Ruth Joan
Ruth passed away January 30 ,2023 after a brave fight against a rare type of cancer. She was born March 20 , 1943 in Toronto where she grew up in Leaside . Her parents were Eugene & Vera Hadden ( formerly Bish ). She is survived by her husband Geoff Cox & one older brother Paul Hadden & his wife Pat & their 2 sons Glenn & Mark.
She attended Bessborough Public School then Leaside high school. After graduation she completed 2 years of teacher's college & spent 20 years with the Toronto District School Board. She married Geoff Cox on May 14 , 1984 at Yorkminster Park Baptist church. As a child she attended Eglinton Baptist Church followed by Bethel Baptist Church. Ruth was involved in & served in various church positions such as choirs, mission circles & youth groups . During this period , she sang in the Toronto Baptist Choral Society. She began attending Yorkminster Park Baptist Church & continued serving on Mission committees & she also joined a group of single young adults. It was here at YMPB where she was baptized after making a serious commitment to Jesus Christ. It was also here that she met Geoff. Prior to marriage she was involved with the Toronto Christian Business & Professional Women's Club ( Stonecroft Ministries).
Ruth began her teaching career at Lynngate Public School focusing on physically challenged students & finished up at Sunnyview Public School 20 years later teaching the more physically disabled. It was at this time that Geoff & Ruth married & shortly after left their careers in Toronto to head north to their cottage home in Huntsville where Ruth worked in the Huntsville High School office. They quickly made Faith Baptist Church their home of worship where Ruth pursued various church activities. With the help of 2 other ladies Ruth spent 19 years operating Knitters For Global Warmth which assembled & sent close to100,000 knitted articles of clothing to needy people worldwide.
In her single days Ruth enjoyed travelling to Europe in the summers. During her married years she enjoyed golfing ,gardening ,volunteering at Africa Inland Mission & eventually enjoying winter retirement time at Myrtle Beach.
Ruth will be sadly missed by relatives on the Cox & Hadden sides as well as many friends, all of whom came to know her as a kind & caring person. She now resides with her Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ which helps ease our grief here on earth . She touched the lives of several people.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at Billingsley Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023 at Faith Baptist Church, Huntsville at 1:00 p.m. In memory of Ruth, she would ask that you consider donating to the Billy Graham Evangelical Association of Canada, Hospice Huntsville or the Canadian Cancer Society. An internment service will be announced early this spring.