Ruth Mary McHugh
1926 - 2021
Swan-Law Funeral Directors
501 North Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO

Ruth Mary (Irish) McHugh

September 12, 1926

December 14, 2021

Ruth McHugh was born September 12, 1926 in Evanston, IL to Stacey and Bernice (O'Brien) Irish. She graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1944. She attended Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI and Northwestern University, earning a degree in mathematics in 1948.

Ruth met her husband, Bob, of nearly 68 years at Northwestern. They were married in 1949 in Evanston, IL. Ruth worked to put Bob through law school at the University of Colorado. Then, after two years in Indiana for Bob's military service, they settled in Colorado Springs in 1954.

Ruth was a founding member of the Assistance League of Colorado Springs, which works to transform the lives of children through community programs. She was especially proud of Operation School Bell which created the Bargain Box Thrift Shop to help clothe school children in the area. She worked countless hours there over the years and was awarded the annual Silver Bell Award for outstanding service and leadership.

There were many other volunteer and civic activities over the years, including serving as a classroom volunteer in School District 11. She enjoyed bridge, knitting, gardening and time at their mountain getaway in Breckenridge, CO. More than anything, she prioritized time with family and friends.

Ruth is survived by her two children, Steve (Kathy) McHugh and Jennifer (Dan) Taylor; 4 grandchildren, Erin, Kelly and Bobby (Micah) McHugh, and Ben (Hanna) Rather. She is blessed with 2 great-grandchildren, Payton and Aubrey McHugh. She is also survived by her sister Edy (Irish) Fleming and many nieces and nephews who loved her greatly.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Bob (2017), her parents and her sister Marian (Irish) Baird.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Chapel of Our Saviour, 8 Fourth Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Assistance League of Colorado Springs, 405 S. Nevada, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

Published by The Gazette from Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 9, 2022.
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Celebration of Life
Chapel of Our Saviour
8 Fourth Street, Colorado Springs, CO
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Aunt Ruth was such a special person to me and my family. She will be missed! My heart goes out to Steve and Jenny and their families knowing this has been a rough road, and you're never really ready for this no matter how much you try to prepare for it. The good news is, the Great Reunion in Heaven is awaitng us! Love to you all, Stephen
Stephen Ames
January 10, 2022
You were a wonderful sister. I so enjoyed our trips together to see our Aunts in Montreal. You taught me so many wonderful things and I thank you for that. We loved to play duets on the piano. We had a wonderful relationship and I knew you were very smart. Your giving spirit was very evident as well. I miss you already and so thankful for Kathy's helping us to be able to talk recently. Love and Hugs and I will see you again in heaven. Edy
Edy (Irish) Fleming
January 7, 2022
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