Ruth Petrocco, loving wife, mother, and friend passed away June 15, 2006. Ruth was born Jan. 1, 1929, in Cedaredge.She spent her early years in Glenwood Springs before moving to Pueblo with her first husband, Walter Dwire. She worked at the state hospital in Pueblo as a cook and would invite patients to her home for holiday meals. Later she and Walt spent time in the Yukon, and within a year, Ruth had befriended every soul in the territory. After her first husband died, Ruth returned to Glenwood Springs. She was everyone’s favorite bartender at the Eagles Club for many years and met her second husband, Eric Petrocco, there. She and Eric owned and operated Ruth’s Liquor Store in New Castle for several years. She loved the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Pool and went there every day. She loved to can her fruits and vegetables, and she really loved garage sales, where she could visit with everyone. Ruth cherished life and adventure – she even went river rafting and always sat in the front of the raft to hit the rapids, giggling all the way. Ruth was a truly good and honest person who loved her family, her friends and her community. She cared about people with not only words but actions. She gave her love, her advice, and care to everyone she met. Few people pass through our lives that care as much as Ruth did. She is survived by a big extended family that includes her second husband; daughters Ramona (Gary) Lambert of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, and Carol (Chuck) Dickerson of Wheat Ridge; Eric’s children Becky Petrocco, Debbie Petrocco and Susie Petrocco, all of Grand Junction, Mike Petrocco of Sturgis, S.D., Donna Petrocco of Rifle, and Julie (Joe) Samora of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren Sandra Lea Lambert, Raymond Dean (Diane) Lambert, Monte Faucett, Andrew Faucett, Lisa Faucett, Shannon (Clayton Pounds) Novelo, Ben (Dani) Petrocco, Daniel Petrocco, Paul Petrocco, Nicholas Petrocco and Ethan Petrocco; great-grandchildren Jaycen and Ryan Lambert, Megan and Nathan Christenson, Brandon and Amanda Faucett, Chris and Julia Novelo and Megan Petrocco; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all who knew her. Her parents, her brother Stanley, and first husband Walter Dwire preceded Ruth in death. Ruth’s family invites all friends and family to a celebration of Ruth’s life from 1-3 p.m. June 21 at Sayre (Strawberry) Park in Glenwood Springs. Please bring your lawn chairs and a potluck dish along with your stories and memories of Ruth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Roaring Fork Valley Hospice, Glenwood Springs. Farnum-Holt Funeral Home, 405 W. Seventh St., Glenwood Springs, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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