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In Memory

Former Employee Ruth Jefferson Dies

April 19, 2011

Mary Ruth Jefferson of Red Feather Lakes, known to all as Ruth, 88, died on March 30, 2011, at Pathways Hospice.

Ruth was born on April 14, 1922, in Worth, Mo., to Clarence and Bethel Alderson. After graduating from Grant City High School, she attended secretarial school in Maryville, Mo.

She married Harold Jefferson on Nov. 10, 1946, in Grant City, Mo. They ran a poultry hatchery and feed business in Grant City from 1949-1953.

Harold and Ruth Jefferson then worked in Iceland from 1953-1955 as civilian employees at a U.S. air base. After returning to the U.S. in 1955, the Jeffersons moved to Fort Collins. They had a small farm near Laporte and raised chickens and cucumbers. Ruth worked as a legal secretary in Fort Collins for William Smoke, and then as his court clerk after Mr. Smoke became a Larimer County judge. Ruth then worked for many years as a secretary at Colorado State University.

After retiring in 1982, Harold and Ruth Jefferson moved to their cabin, which they built at Red Feather Lakes. They were members of the Chapel in the Pines. Ruth enjoyed spending time with her family, golfing, fishing, playing cards and crocheting. Her husband, Harold, died in 2005.

She is survived by four children, Steve Jefferson of Norwood, Karen Unfug and her husband Charles of Greeley, Debbie Beaugh and her husband Jeff of Fort Collins, and Craig Jefferson of Fort Collins; three grandchildren, Rebecca Ekart, Shawna Wilczek and Andy Unfug; two grandsons-in-law, Kris Ekart and Mark Wilczek. She has eight great-grandchildren, James King, Cassie King, Jordan Ekart, Hailey Ekart, Sarah Ekart, Kayla Wilczek, Heather Wilczek and Emily Wilczek.

Also surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Kate Alderson of Grant City, Mo.; two brothers-in-law, Lawrence Jefferson of Gallatin, Mo., and Bill Jefferson and his wife Lib Jefferson, of Red Feather Lakes; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Pickering of Anchorage, Alaska; and many nephews and nieces.

Memorial service will be held in May at the Chapel in the Pines in Red Feather Lakes. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Red Feather Historical Society, P. O. Box 565, Red Feather Lakes, Co. 80549.


Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
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