Ryan Summerlin March 5, 2014
Ruth Podmore, who faced lung cancer with grace, humor and love, made her transition on Feb. 28, 2014.
She will be remembered for her love of her family, her deep respect for the natural world, her wisdom in teaching, and her creativity. She had a natural ease with mothering, which touched everyone she met and will radiate through generations.
She spent 32 years with her soul mate, Mike Podmore, many of those sleeping under the stars and being lulled by the sound of rushing rivers.
Her mothering shone in the way she raised her remarkable children Zak and Mollie, but it extended far into the community. Her patience with young children, her parenting wisdom, and her advocacy for those who had less, graced the classrooms of the Monteverde Friends School in Costa Rica, the Mount Sopris Montessori School, Sopris Elementary and Glenwood Springs Elementary.
Ruth lived a life that was gentle on the planet and took every opportunity to celebrate the beauty of the Earth.
Mike and Ruth made their nest in a 100-year-old cabin on the banks of Three Mile Creek. Her artistry graced each corner of the house. Her life made a beautiful circle, as she passed her final strong and peaceful days in the same part of her home in which she gave birth to Mollie. On both occasions, she was surrounded by loving family and friends.
She will be missed fiercely, but her love inspires each of us who knew her to be an extraordinary parent, teacher and custodian of the Earth.
A celebration of her life will be held on March 15 at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School barn in Carbondale, Colorado at 1 p.m. The event will include potluck appetizers, so guests are invited to bring a small dish to share as well as any written stories, photos, or art that you would like to share and leave for the family.