January 20, 1915 ~ November 23, 2004
Ruth Counter Dammann, 89, passed away peacefully at her home, in Pueblo, Colorado, November 23, 2004. She was born January 20, 1915, in Brighton, Colorado, to Ben T. and Marguerite (nee Frink) Counter. Ruth was predeceased by her college sweetheart and husband of 65 years, J. F. 'Bud' Dammann on July 8, 2000; and siblings, Ben F. Counter and Helen Counter Shull. She is survived by sons, Julius 'Jay' (Florence) Dammann of Pueblo and John 'Jack' (Jo) Dammann of Colorado Springs; five grandchildren, Michael (Diane) Dammann of San Antonio, Texas, Karen (Kevin) Dammann Sausker of Centennial, Colorado, David (Wendi) Dammann of Pueblo, Ann (Lance) Moore of Aurora, Colorado and Deborah (Craig) Mirkovich of Colorado Springs. Additionally, she is survived by five great-grandchildren, Alex Dammann of San Antonio, William Dammann of Pueblo, Kyla and Kaleb Moore of Aurora and JJ Mirkovich of Colorado Springs.
Ruth received her B.S. Degree from Colorado A and M (now CSU - Ft Collins) in 1949 and her M.A. Degree from Colorado College in 1959. Ruth was a school teacher and principal in Pueblo School District 60 for 25 years. She taught fifth grade, junior high mathematics, first grade and was principal of Central Grade School, retiring in 1972. Ruth was involved in many community activities including: past member of USC (now CSU - Pueblo) Foundation Board, past member of the McClelland Children's Foundation Board and a life member of Salvation Army Advisory Board.
Ruth was a member of the Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary society of women educators, and received Delta Kappa Gamma's Omega State Citation of Merit in 1981 and Beta Chapter's Woman of the Year Award in 2001. She was a NEA life member, a member of P.E.O. Chapter CI, Kappa Alpha Theta and the Half Century Club of the Pueblo Country Club. The Dammann's endowed scholarships through the USC (CSU-Pueblo) Foundation and the PCC Foundation. Ruth and Bud especially enjoyed Saturday night dinners with friends and later Ruth relished lunches with the 'Lunch Bunch.'
At her request, there will be no viewing. Cremation at Montgomery & Steward crematorium.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, December 5, 2004, at First Presbyterian Church, 10th & Court Streets. A reception will follow the services.
In lieu of food and flowers, those who desire may make memorial contributions to the Pueblo Zoological Society, CSU - Pueblo Foundation or PCC Foundation through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main, Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com