|Birth: ||Jan. 27, 1923|
|Death: ||Mar. 21, 2009|
Published in The (Colorado Springs) Gazette:
Ruth Atkinson, age 86, daughter of Samuel and Rosa Lee Palmer, was born January 27, 1923 in Hartman, Colorado, and died March 21, 2009 in Fort Collins, Colorado.
She graduated high school in Granada, Colorado in 1941. November 19, 1941, Ruth married her high school sweetheart, Ed Atkinson in Syracuse, Kansas. She returned to California with Ed, where they resided until he was drafted.
Following Ed's service in the military, Ed and Ruth moved to a farm north of Holly, Colorado, where they lived for a short time before relocating to the Verhoff Place east of Bristol for a year.
In 1948, they purchased a farm in the Goodale Community where they farmed, raised milk cows and ran a dairy. In 1961 they sold the farm and moved to Lamar. Together, Ed and Ruth began Atkinson Construction and Mill Work in 1963, building homes and commercial buildings until retiring in 1982.
In 1996 Ed and Ruth moved to Colorado Springs, where Ed passed away in 2004. After selling her home in 2006, Ruth moved to Brighton Gardens retirement community in Colorado Springs before her final move to assisted living at MacKenzie Place in Fort Collins in 2008.
In the fall of 1960, two servants of God brought the gospel to Ed and Ruth's family, altering the course of their lives. From that day forward, living for God and His Son, Jesus Christ, became the most important thing in their life.
Ruth is survived by her children, Susan (Leslie) Harding, Bridger, Montana; Richard Atkinson, Windsor, Colorado; and Donna (William) Smith of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; her grandchildren, Krista (Oran) Dennison, Anchorage, Alaska; Jennifer Downs, Oklahoma; Nancy Downs, Tennessee; Roger Harding, Billings, Montana; Wesley (Rachelle) Atkinson, Wellington, Colorado; Michael Atkinson, Centennial, Colorado; Andrew Smith, Houston, Texas; Eric (Cherine) Smith, Tembagapura, Papua Indonesia; LT USN, Matthew (CarolBeth) Smith, West Des Moines, Iowa; and Jessica Smith, Toronto, Canada; and her great-grandchildren, Fiona and Nora Dennison, Anchorage, Alaska; Rylin and Soren Smith, West Des Moines, Iowa.
She is survived by one brother, Eddie (Mercedes) Palmer of Colorado Springs and Argentina. Ruth leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, many in-laws, and a host of wonderful friends.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Ed, Sr., March 5, 2004; son, Ed, Jr. March 31, 2005; sister, Faye, and brothers, Don, Dale, Hugh and Kelly. Ruth's family wishes to express deep appreciation to the staff at MacKenzie Place for the respectful loving care given to her.
Ruth shared her love and hospitality freely and was a mother and grandmother to so many. She will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Parkinson's Association of the Rockies, 1325 S. Colorado Blvd., #204-B, Denver, CO, 87022.
Services will be March 26 at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home Chapel at 10:30 a.m.
Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Mausoleum
El Paso County
Created by: Andrena's Daughter
Record added: Mar 29, 2009
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