Dragon Hare Studios – Ruth Gray is a name that not too many people that call Mannville “hometown” will not know. Ruth is celebrating her 100th birthday this month and has spent the better part of her life serving as a teacher and volunteer in this community. She taught my dad, was my substitute teacher, served in my church, helped to decorate and cut the birthday cake on Canada Day, helped out at the fair and numerous other organizations and events around Mannville. There are not too many memories of my youth that do not have her as a part of them. I imagine this holds true for most anyone who grew up in Mannville!
This month, the Village of Mannville is celebrating this amazing woman and all she has accomplished in her lifetime. It was a joy to visit with her and photograph her with a few pieces from the Mannville Historical Museum – readers she had used to teach school long ago! She was even remembering the names noted in the readers as students!
Happy Birthday Ruth! Thank you for being such a huge part of my memories from growing up, Mannville wouldn’t have been the same without you!