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Elizabeth "Ruth" Coffey


Elizabeth "Ruth" Coffey

At the Oromocto Public Hospital Mrs. Ruth Coffey of Rusagonis NB passed away on Thursday August 1st, 2019. She was 79.  Widow of Thomas Joseph Coffey and the daughter of the late Harry and Alice (Johnson) Astles.

Ruth was fiercely devoted to her family and was happiest when her grandchildren and great grandchildren were around. She was a grandmother to her nieces and nephews, and they in turn adored their ‘OOFIE’ She will be greatly missed by her son Shawn and her daughter in law Carol with whom she lived with for the past seven years, as well as her grandchildren who loved spending time with her.

Ruth looked forward to her weekly outings with her sister and ‘Best Friend’ Pat, going for manicures, pedicures, hair appointments or just hanging out in Pat’s gazebo. Ruth loved knitting, crossword puzzles, and even on the hottest days could be found lying in the sun. Her favorite time of day was in the evening, when Shawn would give her a glass of wine and her face would light up.

Survived by her son Shawn (Carol), grandchildren; Lindsay Coffey (Andrew) and Matt Coffey (Brittney), great-granddaughters Juliana Winchester and Isabelle Tibbits; brothers and sisters, Shirley Astles (Sharon), Pat Champagne (Dave) Dale Astles (Lyn) and Tony Astles (Julia)

She was predeceased by a brother Elwood Astle and a sister Cindy Pineault.

By request a private family service was held in memory of Ruth.

Donations may be made to the Oromocto Public Hospital Foundation or Hospice Fredericton.

The family would like to thank Dr. Naomi White, Bernard and Natasha from Extramural, and the Emergency Dr. and nurses as well as the staff on Med 1 at the Oromocto Public Hospital for all of your kindness and excellent care given to Ruth and the kindness shown to the family.

And last, but certainly not least, Janice McLaughlin, Ruth’s caregiver, whom without her love, care and attention, Ruth would not have been able to stay at home as long as she did.

Bishop’s Funeral Home (458-1885) has been entrusted with Ruth’s Funeral Arrangements. Online condolences may be made at



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Service Date
Wednesday, August 7, 2019