Patricia Anne Rush

patricia rush

November 26, 1946 ~ April 27, 2024

Born in: Frankfort, KY
Resided in: Lakewood, CO

On Saturday, April 27, 2024, Patricia Anne Rush passed away at SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center with family at her side. She was born in Frankfort , Kentucky to the late Roger Samuel Rush (Col. USA) and Anne Marie (Kernen) Rush on November 26 , 1946.

Pat (Patti) attended grade schools in Virginia and Georgia and then high schools in Virginia and Germany. She was a true “army brat” and moved around frequently. She attended the University of Kentucky graduating with a degree in medical technology. After working at hospitals in Louisville and Chicago she moved to Colorado where she happily stayed. There was a short stint at Colorado ski resorts before joining Fitzsimons Army Hospital. When Fitzsimons closed , Pat opted for early retirement so she could enjoy more of the outdoor life. Her love of travel never left her, nor did her love for the outdoors. She was a skier, hiker, scuba diver. It was scuba diving that took her to the Great Barrier Reef, Bali,  Belize and more. She loved the Colorado mountains and was a member of the Colorado Trail Society. Pat was a truly special person and will be remembered for her dry sense of humor and quick wit.

She is survived by her sister Sharon, brothers Michael, Jim (Beth), Bob and Rick, and  13 nephews and nieces and 29 great grand nephews and nieces. She is also survived by her good friend of many years, Garth Hammond and many other friends. The family would like to thank all her friends and neighbors, especially Bonnie Jeffers, for their support and love of our beloved sister.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Colorado Trail Foundation or the Denver Dumb Friends League in Pat’s honor.

A family memorial service to honor Pat will be held at a later date.

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  1. I’m so very sorry to hear this news. I always thought of Patty as the coolest. I know all the Rush family are going to miss her so much, as will all of us cousins. Save a spot for us, Patty, and tell all our loved ones we still love and miss them…

  2. Yes, wonderful Patty, hold us a place in your we wonderland. We and all the earth will miss you down here. I’ll never forget all the summer visits to Frankfort at the family home there. Say hello to all of our wonderful family with whom you will be gathering. Send lots of grace and angel dust to our troubled world here to help us bring more and more love to this planet of ours here. Oceans of Love and Light!!!

  3. Our hearts go out in deepest sympathy to all of Pat’s loving family and friendship circle. I cherish my memories of Pat as we were growing up just 7 months and 70 miles or so apart. May all of her siblings, extended family and friends be comforted by beautiful memories of her. Sending light and peace , Jane & Ralph Faris ❤️🌷🌟❤️

  4. I will cherish the many memories we shared, the laughter and the years. Patti, I will miss your daily calls, lunches and Sunday cruises.
    You are now pain free my friend! May the Lord bless the family during this most difficult time. Blessings!

  5. Patti, are there mountains to climb in heaven, and seas to explore, adventures to undertake? Do angels have wings, are our parents having fun, have they forgotten about us amid all the joy in seeing you???? Please remind them we are still on earth and can use a little, a lot, of help. Now that you are there, don’t forget about us here. You took an early retirement but you are not yet complete.
    Just a reminder, rather selfish I know, but we need your laughter, wit, knowledge, wisdom and most of all your loving caring heart more than ever. Who ever said death was the end, was dead wrong.

  6. Patti,
    Thank you for serving such a wonderful inspiration to my life and encouraging me to love the outdoors and the lifestyle of the Rocky Mountain West. I would have never had my ski season in Vail without you taking me to the Greyhound bus station and telling me to book a cheap room at the Crow’s Nest! That winter lives on in my continued love of the mountains and snowboarding, and now my daughters love of skiing and snowboarding. Your stories of hiking, biking, skiing, rafting, and diving thrilled us all, and I’m glad to say that I’ve followed heartily in your footsteps. I wish I could have guided you on the Snake River! Maybe next time! You introduced me to the writings of Edward Abbey (Desert Solitaire) and William Least Heat Moon (Blue Highways) and I learned about alpenglow, John Denver, Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow from you. I can’t remember if CopaCabana was the first album I got as kid, or if it was Neil Diamond’s “Kentucky Woman”, but regardless, they were both gifts from you. Thank you for being such a wonderful aunt, and source of outdoor and environmental inspiration. I wish that I could have seen you one last time and said goodbye, but you’ll always be in my memories whenever I’m enjoying the outdoors.

  7. We will miss your comforting smile. With all our love – Matt, Sara, Clayton, Felicity, Simon, Leo, Colette.

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