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Ernst – Ruth Louise,  age 77, of Liverpool  passed away on Friday, February 3, 2023, at Ryan Hall in Bridgewater.

Born in Liverpool, she was a daughter of the late C. Eric and Florence (Meisner) Manthorne.

Ruth attended Acadia University graduating with a Licentiate in Music and Bachelor of Music (Voice) in 1966. She was a member of the Acadia Chapel Choir, Winner of the Leslie Bell Memorial Choral Award and the City of Lincoln Trophy for supremacy in music festival competition on a national scale. As a member of the choir Ruth performed in the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 67.

Ruth began her teaching career at Gloosecap Elementary School in Canning then spent the following 12 years teaching at Liverpool Regional High. While there, she directed choirs each year, two musicals and developed a music program for the high school. In the early 1970’s she founded a singing group known as the Triple Trio. The group performed at various sites in Nova Scotia and in 1973 were selected to perform at the Canadian Music Educators Conference in Ottawa. The Liverpool Kinsmen Club sponsored LP of the Triple Trio’s music which can still be found in many homes throughout the county. Ruth retired to raise her children and later returned to teach part-time and substitute in a number of schools throughout Queens and Lunenburg Counties.

Ruth directed the Liverpool Baptist Choir for 16 years and mass choirs for several Kiwanis Christmas Concerts. She had private music students and coached numerous students for music festivals, music exams and university qualification. She was also a much sought after soloist at weddings and funerals in the community.

Ruth took up running in her later years and she and her friend Clare were well known for their early morning jogs around the community. Ruth ran a number of 5 km and 10 km road races and often won her age division. She was a strong supporter of the Terry Fox Foundation and was recognized for participating in all of their first 40 Terry Fox runs.

Ruth is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Charles “Chuck”; daughter, Kristen (Michael) Peace of Guelph, Ontario, son, Andrew (Davonna Juroe) of Seattle, Washington; sisters, Barbara DeLong, Carol (Colin) Horsley, both of Liverpool; six nieces and a nephew.

She was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Robert DeLong and niece, Michele Ernst.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Service, Liverpool. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023 at 11:00 AM, from the Liverpool United Baptist Church. Reverend Noah Lohnes and Reverend Dr. Harry Gardner officiating. Family flowers only, donations may be made to the Queens General Hospital Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Society or to the Terry Fox Foundation. To share memories or condolences, please visit


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