Ruth J. Pickard |

Ruth J. Pickard

Ruth Pickard died February 28, 2015 with her daughter and granddaughter by her side. Ruth was 92 years old or as she said “I’m in my 93rd year”. She was born and raised in New York City; but Glenwood Springs was her home for the past 40 years, living along the Roaring Fork River. She loved the river’s sounds, the birds and wildlife that flew, floated or ambled by. Ruth was an active woman; she was one of the early group of women who hiked every Wednesday in the summer known as the “Wednesday Wanderers”. She volunteered at Valley View Hospital, The Frontier Historical Museum and Lift-Up, to name a few.

She spent winters on Tortola in the B.V.I. for many years with Ken, her husband, and alone after his death in 1989. Tortola was her second home. She loved the turquoise water and white sandy beaches. She spent hours snorkeling and reading on the beach with many friends.

Ruth was an avid reader, traveled the world, loved politics, was an unapologetic liberal, hated bad grammar, was a wonderful cook and was fiercely independent. Our home was always full of people from around the world; dinner was always noisy with conversation, debate bordering on argument and good food.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth R. Pickard Sr. and her son Kenneth R. Pickard Jr. She is survived by her daughter Joan (Jack) Green, Timothy (Vicky Moore)Pickard, grandchildren Jake Pickard, Amy Pickard, Chris Plowman, Lynne Plowman, Jessica Pickard and step-grandchildren Jessica Kuhner and Taylor Green and great-grand children Elliot Pickard and Chloe Kuhner.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 2 p.m. at her home along the river. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Frontier Historical Museum.

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