Ruth Slawson Tomlingson

Born in Annapolis, MD on August 3, 1931

Departed on February 28, 2019 and resided in Denver, CO

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Ruth was born in Annapolis, MD to Commander Paul S. Slawson USN and Loretta Hassett Slawson. She grew up in New Castle, NH. Ruth graduated from Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart in 1953. Later Ruth would serve as president of the Colorado Alumnae of the Sacred Heart. In addition, Ruth earned a Masters of Humanities from the University of Colorado Denver.

Aside from her dedication to her family and passion for travel, Ruth’s actual ‘career’ was a volunteer docent at the Denver Art Museum for 43 years. She was a recipient of the Cile Bach Award in 1988 for outstanding volunteers. Ruth loved the Denver Art Museum and shared her enthusiasm for art with everyone she met.

Ruth is survived by her beloved husband Paul of 64 years and her five children: Susan in Denver, David in West Virginia, Ann in New Zealand, Katy in Denver and Mary in Norway. Her nine surviving grandchildren include: Sarah Ashley Maingay in Australia, Tenison and Courtney Maingay in New Zealand, Gina and Loren Larson in Denver, PD and Tyler Tomlingson in West Virginia and Cecilie and Lydia Huser in Norway. She is also survived by two brothers: Paul S. Slawson (St. Helena, CA) and Jack Slawson (Philadelphia, PA). Her surviving sons and daughters in law include: David Larson in Denver, Rick Emerick in Denver, Micheal Maingay in New Zealand, Asmund Huser in Norway and Tiffany Tomlingson in West Virginia.

A Celebration of Ruth’s life and mass will be at 10:00 am (Rosary 9:30 am) on Friday, March 8, 2019. Services will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 4900 Montview Blvd, Denver, CO.

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  1. Fond thoughts, Mary.

  2. The Brian Kerr family :

    God bless Mrs. T- what a wonderful woman who had an amazing life. Our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Hilde Fagerli :

    Thank you for allowing Mary to go to Norway. I met her 1 year ago. And she’s my best friend.
    You have a fab daughter .
    RIP
    Hilde Fagerli//Oslo

  4. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Ruth. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the God of all comfort’ give you strength, along with a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2 Corinthians 1:3

  5. Becky Kimbley :

    So sorry for your loss….she looked like a wonderful woman…
    Take care Ann and Sue and the rest of the Tomlingson Family..🙏

  6. Kathy ‘Xenia’ Grant :

    Memory Eternal! May you dwell with the righteous! I know you and Mom are in the Heavenly Jerusalem!

  7. Kathy ‘Xenia’ Grant :

    Ruth, you are full of love and meows! May you pet cats in Heaven and wave the Norwegian flag!

  8. Teresa (Cuthbertson) Kliegerman :

    Ruth was so amazing! Intelligent, hilarious, always learning (and sharing the learning with others), and loads of fun. She was like a second mom to me, and I have so many fond and funny memories of her dating back to when Mary and I were in first grade together at Blessed Sacrament elementary and we’d walk to school together with our little lunchboxes. Among other happy times, Mary and I got fairly ambitious with a cooking venture in our teenage years, and we wanted to make a rib roast. Ruth supported our efforts by buying the (expensive) roast and asking if we needed any help, but since we wanted to go it alone, she got out of the kitchen and let us try. Obviously, we ruined it completely (burned beyond recognition), and we were so worried she’d be mad at us, but she took one look at it, and said ‘Well, girls, sometimes you just have to throw it in the trash and order pizza.’ A valuable lesson in learning from your mistakes, but not over reacting to them. I’ll never forget it, and I’ve also conveyed that same message about cooking, experimenting, and not worrying too much if you fail (just laugh about it, learn from it, and order the pizza!) to countless others. I feel so lucky to have known her, and to have gotten to spend so many happy times in my life with her!

  9. Gary & Raewyn Willetts :

    Our deepest sympathy at the loss of your beloved mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers

  10. De Ree Family NZ :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at the sad time.

  11. Marilyn Hanff :

    Thinking of you Ann and all your family at this very sad time with the loss of your beautiful Mom.

  12. Maggie Montgomery :

    Remembering Ruth with with love and laughter.
    Blessings to all of her family.
    Love, Maggie & Bill

  13. Thinking of you and your lovely family Annie. You are never prepared for the loss of your Mum. Treasure those wonderful memories❤❤xx

  14. Dave Tomlingson :

    Roses are red, violets are blue, my luckiest day I came out of you!

  15. written by Loren Larson :

    To Grammy from Your Grandchildren
    When I think of you my mind goes straight to the museum, whether it be the nature and science museum, history or art museum; I am instantly transformed into your most enthusiastic tour member. I’m sitting across from you with a beautiful lunch from pallets including the pork schnitzel, and a big basket of that heavenly bread. I’m holding your arm as we walk through the botanic gardens on a day we feel we may need a hay fever shot and might suffer a heat stroke; we decide it’s time for an iced tea next to the lily pond. You always reminded me of the day that I turned to you and asked “Grammy is this a dream?” I’m there with you when they put up the lights that make the trees look like fireworks in slow motion. I’m with you on the beach endlessly collecting sea shells and sharks teeth and eagerly listening to all your colorful memories of beaches around the world, boogie boarding on waves big and small. I’m on the dock at Grand Lake watching you fearlessly launch yourself into the freezing cold water “whoopee!” I’m bundled up in my ski suit at the top of the mountain thankful that you suggest it’s time for lunch and you hand me a crumpled tissue from your sleeve before I even know I need it.
    I’m sitting at your dining room table on Christmas eve drinking Terre Verte with my mouth watering at the whiff of beef bourguignon that is about to be served. I can hear your laugh, or should I say your delightful cackle, it’s contagious. Fanatically you rush to answer calls coming in from across the globe and the phone is passed all the way around the table. There’s a huge box of Godiva chocolate that you insist I have as many as I’d like. You’re the only other person who loves chocolate as much as me.
    I’m falling asleep at the mountain house reflecting on a tough hike or how to get my skis under control. I’m eager for the next adventure and when they’re over I’m always sad but you reassure me it’s best to leave some fun for next time. You rub my back and sing to me:
    “God bless you and god bless me, God bless the one I’d love to see
    It seems to me that God above put you here just for me to love
    He picked you out of all the rest because he knew I’d love you best”
    I feel amazingly blessed to have had a Grandmother of your caliber. The most amazing things in me were fostered and accentuated by you. Many times you will be the one I’d love to see, and being with you really does feel like a dream. You not only appreciated art, but found art in everything: nature, food, fashion, cultures and people. I see the world in such a beautiful way because of you.
    You created an amazing family and made friends who love you endlessly. I learned from you how hard it is to say goodbye, with family members and friends everywhere you told me “it’s never goodbye forever” and even more recently when faced with saying goodbye I told you I wish we could just be together forever and you simply said “Oh I hope so.”
    You are with me wherever I go and in everything I do… and I’m so glad.
    We love you Grammy!

  16. Roger & Kathy Ruf :

    So sorry for your loss. I will never forget Ruth’s voice walking thru the front door of the Glencoe house. She will be missed.

  17. Karen Thomas :

    Such sad news. She will be missed. I always was happy to see her, whether at the Art Museum or just around town. Her energy and enthusiasm was contagious. She exemplified a life well lived.

  18. Jane Ann Sherwood :

    I am Sr. Olivia’s cousin; I remember the great times we had at Wallis Sands Beach, and Paul, your visit with Ruth to Key West to see Jane Horne, Sr.Olivia’s sister. My deepest sympathy, Ruth was such a lovely person. You have a beautiful family.

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