Ruby Magdaline ‘Madeline’ Cumberland

May 11, 1911 – July 16, 2021
At the remarkable age of 110, and on her own terms, Ruby Cumberland passed away peacefully on July 16, 2021. Ruby was born in the small farming community of Isabella, Manitoba on May 12, 1911. She had 4 siblings, all of whom predeceased her. She attributed her youthful good looks to daily use of Oil of Olay!
Prior to marriage Ruby worked as a school teacher in Two Creeks, Manitoba. She met Bill Cumberland in Manitoba and they were married on September 28, 1935 in Isabella. They owned a grocery in Decker, Manitoba. While they lived in Decker their two daughters were born.
Eventually the family moved to BC with a short stint in Kelowna before making their permanent home in Penticton in 1950. The Cumberlands settled into a beautiful home on Barrington Place that Ruby remained in for 69 years. The house was her pride and joy.
Although a teacher by profession Ruby never taught in Penticton. She kept very busy raising her two girls and involved in community work. She liked to collect things and knew exactly where everything came from.
Ruby was very inquisitive and had an amazing memory. She loved to reminisce about her travels with her husband and was always interested in current and world affairs. She subscribed to the Globe & Mail until she was 105. Astonishingly she had her driver’s license renewed for 5 years after her 100th birthday.
Ruby used her good sense and gave up driving at 100 and sold her car. She loved chatting with her friends and many nieces and nephews on the phone always wanting to know what was going on in their lives.
In 2019 she moved to The Hamlets in Penticton where she soon became a local celebrity.
She was predeceased by her husband Bill, daughters Gail and Lynne (son-in-law Barry).
She is survived by grandchildren, William (Ursula), Mark and great grandchildren, Hannah, Mara and Danny. She is also survived by her son in law Leigh (Jolanda).
A very special mention must go out to her very loyal and caring caregivers, Sheila, Myrna, Marie, Linda and Lourdes. They all treated her like a member of their families. The family is forever grateful for the loving care they provided.
She will be lovingly remembered by all who were fortunate to know her. No funeral by request.
Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at a later date.
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