Ruth B. Vagneur
Ruth B. (Elmont) Vagneur, 85, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006, at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale. She and her twin sister Alice were born on May 25, 1920, on the family farm between Byers and Deer Trail to Herbert and Maude (Jakeman) Elmont. Their mother was a school teacher. The family moved to the Nelson Ranch in the Reudi area in 1932, where the girls attended school before graduating from Basalt High School in 1939.Ruth met Allen Vagneur at a dance at the Armory Hall, and they were married Dec. 21, 1939, in Denver. They moved to the Vagneur family ranch in Woody Creek where they raised their family until Allen passed away in 1977. She then moved to Basalt and lived with her mother.Ruth was a 61-year member of the Mizpah Chapter #22, Order of Eastern Star, a longtime member of the Women’s Literary Club of Aspen, served as President of the PTA for Aspen Public Schools. She was a 67-year member of the Rebekah Lodge, starting with the Free Silver Rebekah Lodge in Basalt and then with the Seven Stars #91 Rebekah Lodge in Carbondale when the Free Silver Lodge closed. While she lived in Basalt, she was an Eagle County Volunteer, drove the senior bus for 10 years and enjoyed playing bingo.Survivors include sisters Alice Vagneur, of Basalt, and Maude (Stanley) Usel, of Fort Collins; brother Albert (Myrna) Elmont, of Englewood; sons Howard (Diana) Vagneur, of Silt, and John (Billi) Vagneur, of Carbondale; daughters Marilyn Strader, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Lydia (John) Berglund, of Council Bluffs, Iowa; grandchildren Marla George, Archie and Charlotte Strader, Robert, Trisha and Trevor Nye, and Taylor Vagneur; and great-grandchildren, Brandon and Bryce.She was preceded in death by her husband, her son Norman and brother Val.There will be a graveside service for the family will at 1 p.m. Friday at Red Butte Cemetery on Cemetery Lane in Aspen. A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Mid-Valley Church, 16472 Highway 82, Carbondale. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested a donation in Ruth’s memory to the Rebekah scholarship fund, care of The Near New/Rebecca, P.O. Box 1104, Carbondale, CO 81623.
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UPDATE 5:27 p.m. — Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon has reopened in both directions Saturday evening after a safety closure due to a flash flood warning. There were no reported mud/debris slides.