Ruth died at the age of 50 after a tough battle with cancer. A funeral service was held for her at James Brown Funeral Home and then afterwards in Carnmoney Cemetery on Monday 20th July. Ruth was brought up in Belfast, the youngest of six brothers and sisters. For much of her life, she was the primary carer for her mother, after an accident left her with a brain injury. After an earlier failed marriage, she met her partner Simon through a chatroom and after six months of conducting a relationship by phone and by text, Simon moved over from England to Northern Ireland and the couple moved into the house in Glenkyle Park, which remained their home thereafter, shared with their two dogs, first Tara and then Whisky.
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