In Loving Memory Of

Mary Ruth St. Arnault

October 20, 1928 - August 4, 2011


Ruth St. Arnault (nee Matkowski) Belcourt, longtime resident of Grande Prairie, passed away at the QEII Hospital on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at the age of 82 years. Ruth was born in Wakaw, Saskatchewan and moved to Spirit River as a young girl with her sister Nettie. She worked at the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre for over 25 years and committed her life’s work to community service for others. She will be sadly missed by her sons Wayne Belcourt and Stanley (Corrine) Belcourt; daughters Bonnie Bell, Valerie (Bob) Lefin, Donna Belcourt and Gloria Belcourt; 45 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; her special sister-in-law Blanche Mineault; brother Miro Matkowski and her many friends in the community. Ruth was predeceased by sons Bob, Don, Ed and Roger; husbands John St. Arnault and Ernie Belcourt; mother and father Irene and Peter Matkowski; sister Nettie Letersky. A prayer service will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 7:00pm at Oliver’s Grande Prairie Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 11:00am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grande Prairie with interment to follow at the Grande Prairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Diabetes Foundation.


Sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

posted by Kyra Abele, Grande Prairie : Aug 10, 2011


Will miss you sweet lady. Uncle John has been waiting with open alms for you to come to him. Your SPIRIT is with all of us. Will see you soon. We will laugh about all the good times we had with Uncle John. :) :(

posted by Norman Mueller, Wembley, Matachewan,Ontario : Aug 05, 2011


We wish extend our sincere condolences to the family. Aunt Ruth will be missed and always remembered.

posted by Curtis & Barb Belcourt, Kelly Lake BC : Aug 07, 2011


The Grande Prairie Friendship Centre wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to the family of Ruth. Ruth dedicated many years of service to the Friendship Centre and to the community of Grande Prairie. Take comfort in the fact that she is now wrapped in the gentle arms of the Creator and is with those that have gone before her.

posted by Grande Prairie Friendship Centre, Grande Prairie, Alberta : Aug 08, 2011


Ruth will be greatly missed. She was like a mother to me. My sympathy goes to all the family.

posted by Linda Belcourt, Elk Point,alberta : Aug 09, 2011



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