Ruth Ellen Toronto

1948 ~ 2024

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Ruth Ellen Toronto passed away on April 29, 2024, following a long battle with Cancer. She was born on May 24, 1948, to John S. And Ruth Lunt Toronto. She was the oldest of three children. As the oldest, she took that responsibility very seriously. She made sure everyone was taken care of. She was raised in Salt Lake City, and attended Douglas Elementary, Roosevelt Jr. High and East High School. She attended the University of Utah and graduated with a Finance degree. Most of her working years were spent in banking and she retired from Wells Fargo Bank.

Following High School, she had the opportunity to work for three summers at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, which she loved. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Ruth served in the Paris France Mission from 1969 to 1971, meeting some of her lifelong friends. For about 22 years, she ushered for Salt Lake County, where she was able to enjoy many wonderful events at Abravanel Hall, Capitol Theatre, Eccles Theatre, and Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. She was sorry when health issues became a problem and she could no longer work. She loved her time spent volunteering at Primary Children's Hospital, which she did for a number of years.

She felt grateful to have been born in a good home with a loving and supportive family. She surrounded herself with wonderful friends, teachers and leaders her entire life. She felt blessed that she had been born in this time of the world. She always said, "I was not born a day too soon."

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her brother John L. Toronto (Coleen), and sister Susan L. Toronto. She is also survived by a nephew and three nieces, whom she loved dearly, and eleven great nieces and nephews.

There will be a viewing on Friday, May 3, 2024, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Larkin Mortuary 260 East South Temple. Graveside service 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 4, 2024, in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers she requested that contributions be made to Primary Children's Hospital, or another charity of your choice.


With my deepest condolences. She was a fellow volunteer and she’ll be missed

- Sherry Foot

Today is a sad day to hear of Ruth's passing. She was a huge presence at the Salt Lake County Arts and Culture, Always a calm and reassuring voice to both the brand new ushers and the seasoned member making our experience exceptional.

She will be missed everywhere.

- Mary Ann Hughes

It is with sadness , I offer condolences to Ruth’s family at her passing. Ruth was a very lovely woman and I will miss her when I usher for the Salt Lake Arts. She had such a mild manor and gentle Spirit and was a pleasure to know

- Catherine Balka

For years, I volunteered at Salt Lake County Arts & Primary Children's Hospital where I was honored to get to know & appreciate Ruth. She was a gentle, very reliable Friend & I miss her. Whether contributing to my clothing drive for the homeless shelter, mutually solving Jumble Puzzles in between sales at the Gift Shoppe, or delighting in the decadence of a chocolate eclair, Ruth was a treasure. She loved her family & relished spending time with them especially during the holidays. Her pain is ended . . . may she rest in peace.

- Donna Carson

Darling Ruth, I miss your super dry sense of humor and working with you was always a joy. May you rest in joy.

- Michelle Fournier

Ruth was a joy to work with during our time at Salt Lake County. Her dedication and passion were evident in every task she took on. Rest in peace, Ruth. Your strength and hard work will always be remembered.

- Annette Osiek

Ruth was a joy to work with during our time at Salt Lake County. Her dedication and passion were evident in every task she took on. Rest in peace, Ruth. Your strength and hard work will always be remembered.

- Annette Osiek

I am so sorry for your loss and sad that she is no longer with us. We worked together for many years at Salt Lake County Arts & Culture and she was always generous with her help and friendship toward me and everyone on the staff. We are all much better because of our association with Ruth.

- Betty Sturdevant

I’m so sorry I couldn’t make it tonight. I just want you to know she was very special to me and I will miss her a lot!
So sad tomorrow I’m working in Park city but my thoughts are with you guys!

- Diana

I was so sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. We were roommates when we worked at the Grand Canyon many years ago. We were young and Ruth was such a kind and loving friend. Such fond memories. She was a very special human being.

- Suzanne Draper Brooking

I just found out about your passing. I am so sad.
I will keep thinking of good thoughts when we ushered together at the venues and when we were neighbors at The Metro Condos. I will miss your smiles and your wonderful friendship. Know that you were loved and well thought of. God always calls Home way too early The Great ones.
Friend, Fran

- Fran Akita