Ruth Bosch

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 Holding her Savior's hand and surrounded by her family's and caregiver's love and prayers, Ruth Dorothy Bosch died on December 17, 2011.

Ruth Johnson was born in the little town of Browning, Missouri on June 2, 1917 to Earl and Pearle Johnson. Ruth grew up on the family farm just outside of town with her father who was a farmer and a baker, her mom, who was a teacher and her brother, Harold, just two years her younger.

When Ruth was 6, she and her family moved to Denver.  Ruth and her family lived in several different homes on the west side of Denver and together survived the Great Depression by selling cookies her father had made on the street. Those days of very little money and food left an indelible impression on Ruth, who learned to place her values on family and friends rather than on material possessions.

Ruth graduated from Denver West high school in 1935 and met her future husband Arthur S. Bosch at a basketball game with rival South High. They were married in 1940 and were blessed with four children Ken, Barb, Dave and Sue.  Art and Ruth did not travel much but very much enjoyed their weekend trips to the family cabin in Indian Hills near Evergreen, Colorado. There they spent their weekends on horseback, hiking, entertaining guests and enjoying time with life-long friends Chris and Motts Zoetewey and their family.

Art and Ruth's children brought them five grandchildren and thirteen great- grandchildren, who were indeed Ruth's first love. Ruth, who had always wanted to be a teacher, treasured her time with her young ones while passing on her wisdom, her values, her love of special family events (Christmas Eve, Easter, Halloween, Birthdays), her sense of humor, and most of all her love of the Lord.

Ruth, who grew up in the Baptist church, was a charter member of Hillcrest Christian Reformed Church. She has been a loyal member there since the beginning.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband Art, and her son Ken (Peg) and her brother Harold. She is survived by her sister Bev (Don) and her children Barbara Jean (Bruce), David Earl, and Sue Ellen, five grandchildren, thirteen great- grandchildren and her three caregivers, Annie, Jean and Wynona.

While Ruth may never have realized her childhood dream of becoming a teacher, her life was a classroom in session. She embraced with her life Paul's message to the Philippians: "For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances," and modeled it for all to see.


The family wishes to extend a special thank you to caregivers Annie Washington, Jean Wells, and Wynona Wright, who together made it possible for Ruth to realize her desire live out her life at home. Their love for and compassion for Ruth were an inspiration to all! 



 Visitation will be held on Monday, December 19, 2011 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Bullock Colonial Chapel.  Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at Hillcrest Christian Reformed Church (3000 South Race Street, Denver, Colorado 80210) at 11:00 a.m.


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