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Ruth Thomas


1927 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Ruth Thomas Obituary
Ruth Thomas passed away peacefully on January 10, 2015 at age 87. She was born September 1, 1927 in Shelby, Nebraska. After graduation from Clay Center, Nebraska High School in 1945 she was accepted to St. Mary's School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota where she earned her RN in 1948. St. Mary's was associated with the Mayo Clinic and Ruth gained clinical experience during her training at Mayo. Most of her nursing career was spent as an Operating Room Nurse. A highlight of her career was the two years she spent as the nurse at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon where she met her first husband, Ken. Ruth had two sons from her marriage to Ken. Ruth met Robert Thomas while living and working in Greeley, Colorado. Bob also had two children from his first marriage to Alice. Bob and Ruth were married in October 1963 in Henderson, Nevada where he was a teacher at Basic High School and she was an Operating Room Nurse at St. Rose Dominican Hospital. Together they loved boating on Lake Mead and the summers spent at their cabin in Glen Haven, Colorado. They moved to Glen Haven permanently in 1976 and loved their lives together living in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Her home was badly damaged in the flooding that devastated Northern Colorado in September of 2013 which prompted her "temporary" move to Las Vegas to be with family. She leaves behind many close friends in Glen Haven who were her "family" too. Ruth was a member of PEO for more than 65 years; Chapter AV in Estes Park, was an avid (but self- admittedly mediocre) bridge player, and enjoyed spending time with her friends in Glen Haven. She was also a member of the Glen Haven Association. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Robert, in 2002. She leaves behind her children: David (Heidi) Harrington of Las Vegas, Tim Harrington of Henderson, Steven Thomas of Henderson and Rebecca (Lynn) Lorenz of Glen Haven, CO, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren and her brother, Charles (Bea) Merrick of Tucson, AZ.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W Cheyenne in Las Vegas. A memorial service will be held in Glen Haven, CO this summer. In lieu of flowers tax deductible memorial donations can be made to: Glen Haven Flood Recovery Inc., PO Box 34, Glen Haven, CO 80532, to aid with flood recovery.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Jan. 30, 2015
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