Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on August 13th, 1933

Departed on September 19th, 2020 and resided in Denver, Colorado

  • Memorial: Breckenridge, Colorado
    Saturday October 17th, 2020

Ruth Elizabeth Wright, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, dear friend, and follower of Jesus went to be with the Lord on September 19th. She was 87.

Ruth was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on August 13th, 1933 to Fred and Elizabeth Laubenstein. She lived there until 1981, raising her two sons, Mike and Rob, and her daughter Leanne. Though she moved from Winnipeg to Denver, CO, Mendham, NJ, Chicago, IL, and finally back to Denver, she maintained a lifelong bond with her hometown through her dear friends and special nieces and nephews there.

Ruth had a simple passion for the ordinary beauty of everyday life. She loved coffee and the newspaper in the morning. She collected spoons from the various places she visited and events she attended. She loved to iron anything anyone would bring her. She would polish silver to a mirror finish, and roll dozens of cookies and pounds of meatballs to make sure her grandkids had freezers stocked with food.

Ruth loved the mountains, and fresh bloomed dahlias. She loved cocktail shrimp, Sunday roast, and Yorkshire pudding. She was always ready for a game of Liverpool Rummy or Bridge and was always a match for her grandkids. On any given day for nearly twenty years Ruth could be found participating in various activities at the Ela Township Senior Center and she kept many wonderful friends there.

The highlight of her last year (and his first year) was her time with her great-grandson, Reid. She lavished him with the love only a great-grandmother can; feeding him, cooing with him, reading to him, and giving him baths. He will carry the love she gave him for the rest of his life.

Ruth’s faith in Jesus was central to her life. She was an active member at Arlington Heights Baptist Church in Chicago for many years, and after moving to Denver she joined the women’s Bible study at St. John’s Lutheran Church. She read her Bible every morning, and prayed often for her children, grandchildren, great-grandson, and the needs and requests of countless others.

In her life she saw World Wars, prosperity, recession, the birth of the information age and the internet, and a global pandemic; she survived breast cancer and lived to see the birth of her great-grandson. She was born the same year as construction started on the Golden Gate bridge and the first solo flight around the world was completed. In her later years she bought birthday presents online with her iPad, loved texting photos of her grandkids and great-grandson to her friends, and enjoyed using Uber’s GoGo Grandma service for her weekly shopping trip to Target.

Ruth was preceded in death by her daughter, Leanne. She is survived by her sons: Mike and his wife Katy, and Rob and his wife Kim; six grandchildren: Michelle and her husband Mike, Bill, Kristin and her husband Michael, Dan, Sara, Nicole and her husband Connor, and one great-grandson, Reid.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 17th in Breckenridge, Colorado on a hill overlooking the mountains.

Guestbook Entries

Tomma Edmonds

What a special lady! So grateful that I was able to know her as a friend. Such joy and peace in knowing His presence is her reality! 

October 12th, 2020 at 4:45pm
Muriel Smythe

Praise the Lord, she has gone on to Paradise!!
Enjoyed chatting with her in Mendham, NJ.

October 12th, 2020 at 4:59pm
Leslie Stubbs

A beautiful tribute fitting for such an amazing and dear woman! Her unwavering trust in Jesus was contagious and we are blessed to have known her.

October 12th, 2020 at 5:02pm
Sandra Seyk

Beautiful tribute for a beautiful lady and family. Thank you for sharing a part of her journey…she was an inspiration to running  the good race. May God comfort you in your mourning and as you celebrate her life. 

October 12th, 2020 at 5:41pm
Fonda and J.T. Mueller

What an incredible life journey Ruth had. We know she will be dearly missed. We are happy that we were able to spend time with her in Breckenridge. Our thoughts will be with you on Saturday. 

October 12th, 2020 at 9:56pm
Margaret McAlevey

I will miss Ruth as one of our Saturday Sisters – but I’m happy to imagine her in heaven with Jesus. I especially liked the reference in the obituary to “Sunday Roast and Yorkshire Pudding.” I really enjoyed those dinners she made Cathy, Nancy and myself – I remember how lovely those evenings were. And I’m glad to say I have her recipe for Pavlova – in her own handwriting, which I will always cherish. Farewell my friend.

October 13th, 2020 at 8:57am
Valerie Wilson

Ruth was a dear and special friend! I know she prayed for me regularly, and I will miss that. Truly, the joy is all on her side and the sorrow all on ours. I will miss our phone chats now, but we have all eternity to enjoy our Savior and the blessings of Heaven. I look forward to that happy reunion!

October 13th, 2020 at 2:14pm
Gladys Dillon

I enjoyed being friends with Ruth in Illinois. We were together in many church activities, and I have missed her in the last few years. She will be with the Lord, and we will see each other when the Lord calls us Home.

October 13th, 2020 at 3:12pm
Ellen Sutton

Ruth was one of our Bible Study family for years,
and we loved her dearly.  She contributed her answers, asked questions, always cared about the needs of others – and prayed faithfully for us all.  Yes, Margaret, we had great times in our Saturday Sisters group, and I’m thankful for those memories.  
How wonderful to know she is now with Jesus and Leann!

October 13th, 2020 at 5:22pm
Shirley Hunt

What a beautiful tribute to a very special lady. I treasure the late in life friendship we developed, and missed her very much when she left IL, but I know she was happy, and that is what was important. May she now rest in peace with her Lord.

October 14th, 2020 at 10:19am
Christine Richards

I loved our times together. Ruth was a great lady and good friend. When she moved to Denver there was a link missing from our group. We sure did miss her. We knew she was happy with her beautiful family. We do know she is happy with Our dear Lord. 

October 14th, 2020 at 6:52pm

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