Ruth Brown Perry
“An Abundant Life” In Loving Memory, Ruth Brown Perry (Ditty) died peacefully at her home Tuesday March 24, 2015.
She was born November 28, 1918 in Denver, Colorado, to David Robinson Crocker Brown and Ruth McNutt Brown. Ruth spent her childhood summers in Aspen, at the family home above Hallam Lake and her winters in Denver. Growing up, Ruth was an avid horsewoman, often riding horseback with her family to Snowmass Lake, over Taylor Pass, and numerous other trips in the mountains.
Known affectionately as “Ditty” to her friends, she treasured the Quiet Years in Aspen. Ruth loved to ski and often hiked up Aspen Mountain for a run. She enjoyed hiking with family, friends, and her dogs. She married her lifelong childhood friend Robert M. Perry (Bob) on May 17, 1940. They moved to Carbondale in 1941 and started the Mt. Sopris Hereford Ranch where they raised cattle, horses, and their seven children. Bob and Ruth were married for 66 amazing years. They ranched for over 65 years and were an integral part of the Carbondale community.
Throughout her life Ruth welcomed everyone in her home, with a cheery smile, welcoming spirit, and food for any number of last-minute visitors. Ruth’s enthusiasm for life was contagious and filled everyone around her with joy. Ruth instilled in her children and grandchildren a love for the outdoors, and the knowledge of how to live life abundantly. For Ruth, the abundant life was one filled with love for God, Country, and Family.
She is survived by her six children: Robert (Robin) M. Perry III (Cindy Perry), Roz Turnbull (Tom Turnbull), Ted Richardson (son in law), Nancy P. Shaffer (Dr. William Shaffer), William K. Perry (Judy Fox-Perry), Marj Perry (Bill Fales), Charlotte Perry White (Dr. Andrews A. White), 26 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren, all of whom she kept up with and loved dearly. She was predeceased by her husband Bob, daughter Ruth Richardson, and her brothers Gordon, Fletcher, and DRC Brown.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ruth’s name can be given to: The Church at Redstone (213 Redstone Blvd, Redstone, CO 81623), N.W. Youth For Christ (1614 Grand Ave Glenwood Springs, CO 81601), and The Carbondale Historical Society Thompson House (499 Weant Blvd Carbondale).
A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 6, at 11 a.m. at The Orchard Gathering Center, 110 Snowmass Drive, Carbondale.
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