Born in Melrose, Massachusetts on June 15th, 1931

Departed on September 6th, 2020 and resided in Longmont, Colorado

Longmont, CO – Ruth Elaine Merriman, June 15, 1931 – Sept 6, 2020, a loving Nana, Mom, Sister, Sister-in-law, and Aunt, passed away peacefully at Peaks Care Center of Longmont at the age of 89.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Laurice and Earl Merriman and her brothers Frank and Robert.  She is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Betty of Aiken, SC, one daughter, Margo Brown of Lakewood, CO, two sons, Steve and Doug, one granddaughter and great grandson, Kelly and Cal Brown of San Jose CA, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Born and raised in Melrose, MA then Bangor, ME, Ruth graduated from Bangor High School in 1948.  After high school, she moved west spending most of her adult years in California and Boulder.   During her retirement, she lived ten special years near her brother, Dick before moving back to CO in 2019 to be closer to Margo.

Ruth was an avid reader, writer and poet and spent most of her working years as a journalist and editor.  She connected with many friends and family members through her writing and often inspired others in their poetry writing.  She shared her musical talent and love for singing by participating in community choral groups in Boulder and Aiken.  She continued to read, write, and sing well into her 80’s keeping her brain sharp and her friendships strong.

Ruth loved the outdoors and was active throughout her life, regularly hiking and biking.  She shared her favorite trails with family and friends.  No hills were too steep, trails too long, weather too rainy or cold.  She traveled with her hiking boots, and later her cane, always ready for an adventure.  Even at the age of 87, she hiked with her family on snowy trails and frozen ponds in Massachusetts!  She loved to learn, participate in book clubs, engage in discussions and share stories of outdoor adventures.

Ruth had a wonderful sense of humor and a beautiful smile.  She was a loving and caring friend to many and treasured every relationship throughout her life.  She will be greatly missed by all.  Donations, in Ruth’s memory, can be made to Rocky Mountain PBS, Boulder Symphony, Boulder Chorale, Sierra Club or other organization of your choice.

Guestbook Entries

Peg O'Donnell

Ruth was one wicked good scrabble player!
I enjoyed spending time with her in Aiken, SC.

September 28th, 2020 at 11:37am
Joan M. Lacombe

I met Ruth when she and I were poetry winners in The Poetry Matters Contest in Augusta, GA . We were both members of The Aiken Poets. She wrote beautiful poetry which she delightfully shared with me and I in turn with her. She had a quick wit and was a gifted conversationalist. I am pleased to have known her and happy that our paths crossed.
She was a pleasure to know.

Joan Lacombe, The Aiken Poets

September 28th, 2020 at 12:07pm
Judi Wood

I have been close friends with Ruth for about 48 years! She was like a big sister to me!

September 28th, 2020 at 12:15pm
Kay Goers

I came to know Ruthie after I lost my husband in 2017. They were both born in 1931, so I kind of latched on to her! She shared her prose and poetry with me and allowed me to make copies for myself. She was a wonderfully gifted writer, a ton of fun, and a beautiful friend! I miss her every day, but am grateful for the time we had together. We laughed a lot, (at ourselves, not at others!), we liked the same politics, and we were fierce Scrabble rivals. No doubt, she had me beat! Love her, and I always will.

September 28th, 2020 at 1:08pm
Ellen Hatfield Busching

Will miss the emails Ruthie and I shared later in life. Especially with the election so close at hand !! I remember going to Sand Beach in Bar Harbor with her and the kids in her Volkswagen Bug!  Doug and Steve were so little then!  Living on different coasts made a relationship hard. But there were those occasional Edes family reunions!!   I also have many fond memories of her parents, my Aunt Laurice and uncle Earl. Growing up I spent many days with them when they lived in the big city of Bangor!!  My condolences to all that loved her. May you all cherish fond memories of her.  

September 28th, 2020 at 8:53pm
LJ Clark

To a refined lady. A great poet. It was a pleasure to know her through her creative expression. Wishing her family condolences as they celebrate her life. She will be missed.

September 29th, 2020 at 3:42pm
Sue Synodis

What a wonderful gift it was to us when we reconnected with Aunt Ruth when we became adults and got to know her and how she fit into our family history! I remember her staying with us at Christmastime for several days when Mike was just 4 years old and she brought him the most perfect gift and books which he LOVED for a long time.
Her honesty, compassion and openness were special and will not be forgotten. Rest in peace, Aunt Ruth.

September 29th, 2020 at 4:34pm
Lynda Harkness

To Margo, Kelly, Cal, all of Ruth’s family and friends I extend my deepest regards. Ruth was among my closest lifelong friends and I will treasure well the memories. 
When Ruth was 40 she packed up her VW van, left Santa Monica and drove north to Canada.  She arrived in Garden Bay on the Sechelt Peninsula.  I lived, at that time, in a cabin on Oyster Bay and she became my nearest neighbor. Ruth and I became friends. When she moved on to her cabin in Egmont up by the Skoocumchuck Narrows we spend endless days in drizzle and dampness, huddled near the airtight, drinking tea and talking, laughing, writing, singing, reading in silence or aloud to one another.  I think that’s when we started calling her Rufus. Something to do with Aretha Franklin.  Eventually we both ended up back in Vancouver looking for ways to make money and living together. Ruth, having no legal status in the country, ended up going back to the states. But after the Canadian government granted amnesty to non-landed
Americans we decided Ruth must came back. I drove to Seattle to fetch her.  Then we took a back route to enter Canada at a very small customs station.  We had a good story and Rufus flirted with the border guard. Oh my God!  What a memory!  Back in Canada we built a paper trail to prove Ruth had never left and was therefore eligible for amnesty.  We succeeded and had her back In our community for some time before she moved on to Boulder CO. and massage school.  Many cards and letters, phone calls and emails and a few treasured visits have kept us together through the decades. 
I have been meditating and praying and reading with you in mind dear Rufus.   Connected by Karma over limitless time and space we shall find each other again. Namasté dear Bodhisattva friend. 

October 4th, 2020 at 3:41pm

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