Dillon’s well-known Poulos dies at 49
Avid trail runner and office manager for the Snake River Fire Protection District, Ruth Ann Poulos of Dillon, passed away at St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver on Tuesday from leukemia.
Ruth was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia in September 2004 and has spent much of this last year undergoing treatment. Ruth fought courageously to beat the leukemia into remission while providing comfort and encouragement to her family and friends, when their sole intention was to comfort her. They have been blessed because of Ruth’s unbelievable positive attitude and strong faith in God.”Ruth was a very dedicated and caring individual who always put the needs of others ahead of her own,” said Dave Parmley, chief of the Snake River Fire Protection District.
Having raised her two sons, Leonard and Chris, as a single mother in Denver, while working full-time for Insurance of Denver, Ruth relocated to Summit County in 1997 after both of her children moved away for college. She and Alexander Poulos were married on April 20, 1998, in Clearwater, Fla.Ruth enjoyed hiking with Alex and their two golden retrievers, Kopper and Sampson, on the various backcountry trails in Summit County. She was an accomplished trail runner, telemark skier and was quite proud of the fact that she rode her own Harley to the annual rally in Sturgis, S.D., in 2004. Most importantly, Ruth was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, caring for her family first and foremost.
Ruth is survived by her husband Alexander; her two sons, Leonard Chacon of Denver and Chris Chacon of Miami, Fla.; former husband Larry Chacon of Denver; her two grandchildren Isaiah and Sarah of Farmington, N.M.; her mother Orilia Ruth Murray of Lakewood; her stepmother Irene Chavez of Commerce City; her father Joseph Chavez of Denver; sisters Kathy Lee of Portland, Texas, Pat Simonavice of Lakewood, Phyllis Chavez of El Caljon, Calif., and Rita Chavez of Littleton; and brothers Grant Chavez of Englewood, and Danny Gallardo of Cuba, N.M. Her brothers Gilbert and John Gallardo of Lakewood preceded her in death in 1983 and 2004 respectively.A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24th at 10:30 a.m. at the Evergreen Memorial Park near Evergreen (26624 N. Turkey Creek Road) with a reception for family and friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ruth A. Poulos Memorial Fund established at the Bank of the West, P.O. Box 648, Frisco, CO 80443.
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