In Memory of




Obituary for Ruth Margaret Smith

Ruth Margaret (nee Boutilier) Smith

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Ruth Margaret Smith (Boutilier) on May 12, 2022. After a brief illness at the Halifax Infirmary & QEII, Mum passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her children at her side.

Mum was born on May 14, 1938 in Halifax to the late Hazlitt and Edith (Pettitt) Boutilier of Seabright, Nova Scotia. She married dad in 1957, moved to our homestead in Tantallon, and raised their four children. Known to many people, she was a private person, but you’d see her and dad together on many occasions. In earlier days, they were at the ball field, bowling in the city, dancing at the halls, and camping around Nova Scotia. For 25 years Mum was known to many people as the “canteen lady” at the St. Margaret’s Centre in Upper Tantallon. She saw and watched grow so many young hockey and ringette players, and figure skaters. Mum was an avid HABS fan and bingo player. Of all, her family was her main passion and she loved us dearly with her kindness and generosity. If you were a close friend of hers too, loyalty was her gift.

Our mother had immense strength and a brave soul. Always and forever in our hearts, we love you Mum.

Surviving are her daughters Karen (Jeff) Snelgrove, Tantallon, and Charlene (Guy) Arsenault, Glen Margaret; sons Danny Smith, Lewis Lake, and Andrew Smith, Lucasville; grandchildren Vanessa, Brian, Aaryn, Janica (Chad), and Connor; great-grandchildren Mariah, Ryder and Nola, and daughter-in-law Trudy; her brother Neal Boutilier, Seabright, and sister Bettye Hutt, Tantallon.

Predeceased by her loving husband Daniel Smith, and her siblings Donald, Laurie, Barry, Doris Johnson and June Covey.

Cremation has taken place by request and a private memorial service will be held at a later date for family members.

Donations can be made to the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Our family would also like to express our sincere thanks to the staff on 8.2 for their care of Mum.