Ruth Lois Rawlin-Wilson

Ruth Lois Rawlin-Wilson
Ruth Lois Rawlin-Wilson

1927-2015

On Tuesday May 5, 2015 at 2:54 p.m., Ruth Lois Rawlin-Wilson was promoted to Glory at the age of 87. She was born in Saginaw above The Salvation Army Corps building on the morning of Sept. 4, 1927 while her father, Captain J.W. Rawlin was leading the Sunday Worship Service.

She grew up living with her family in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota, helping her parents carry out the work of The Salvation Army, which is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to serve people in need of food, clothing and shelter. In 1949 she moved to Simcoe, Ontario where she married Paul Wilson and during the 1950’s gave birth to three sons: Jack, Colin and Wes. With her husband Paul, Ruth became a Salvation Army officer in 1961 and served until 1988 in the following locations: Ecorse, Flint, Midland, Pembroke, Ontario, Ann Arbor and Indianapolis, Ind.

Both she and her husband eventually attained the rank of Major. A highlight of her career was the 12 years that Ruth and her husband served in Ann Arbor where, with the support of the community, they successfully initiated and maintained innovative programs that served youth, adults and elderly persons in need due to low-income, isolation, substance abuse, and homelessness. Ruth was well known for her compassion and willingness to reach out to people who were alone and without anyone to care about them.

She was also very successful in recruiting and inspiring volunteers to reach out and provide meaningful help to others. Ruth and her husband retired in 1988 and moved to the Baldwin area where they became involved with the Evergreen Covenant Church. Ruth worked closely with the pastors during a 20 year period providing counsel and inspiration to church leaders, members and people in the community. She truly lived a life of devotion to God and service to her fellow human beings.

Services to celebrate Ruth's life of service were held at 10 a.m. on May 9 at the Salvation Army Simcoe Community Church, in Simcoe, Ontario. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Simcoe. Donations to The Salvation Army Simcoe Community Church would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at www.cooperfuneralhome.ca