Ruth Gonzales, 81, of Pueblo, Colo., passed away peacefully in her home, April 13, 2007. Preceded in death by parents, Florencio and Guadalupe Aguirre; sisters, Jenny and Irene; brother, Francisco; and nephew, Richard Gonzales, who she loved as a son. Survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, Pablo Gonzales; sons, Pablo, Jr (Loretta), Steve (Virginia), Dennis and Matthew (Rose); sisters, Josephine (Kelly) Romero; special nephew, Bobby Gonzales; grandchildren; great- grandchildren; relatives; and friends, many who were like daughters, sons, brothers and sisters to her. Ruth was born Feb. 11, 1926, in Pueblo, and was a first generation American citizen with an eighth grade education, demonstrated her intelligence, courage, leadership tenacity and vision when she established Crown Discount Barber Shop in 1964. Ruth owned and operated the business for over 30 years. She had many fond memories of generations of customers and barbers who later followed her and opened their own businesses. Ruth gave back to her community with her civic involvement and in establishing college funds. Viewing from noon to 6 p.m. Monday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Funeral Mass, 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 226 Michigan, with the Reverend Father Ben Bacino officiating. Interment will follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Frontier Hospice through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. I wish to express my condolances to the Gonzalez family.I remember Ruth visiting my Grandmother (Mary Gonzales) when I was just a little girl.She was also my brothers Godmother.(Richard Urioste)
    Monica Aikin

  2. Paul Dennis All The Family… my heart is broken to hear that my loving friend has pasted…I have special memories since a was very young of a wonderful entruper lady so energtic and full of life.she was a great friend to my mother mary gonzales and my father… and my family….she always stood up for what was right i admired her for that….she was godmother to my son richard urioste…whom she loved and he to…. on my last trip to colorado, athe passing of my sister virginia francis… richard and i went to give her a special visit after my sisters wake….my dear friend god loves you and you will always be remembered in our hearts…. go in peace tearfully our condolences Rachel Alex Monica Your Godson Richard

  3. Gonzales Family,
    I’m sorry for your loss. Ruth was a beautiful person. God Bless you and help you to find peace in your memories of her.

    Mary Ann Chacon Sawa & Family

  4. I will forever miss Ruth and her smile. She was a special person in my life growing up and I was lucky to have known her

  5. Paul, Steve, Dennis, Matthew:
    Sorry to hear about your mom. she was a wonderful woman. It was a plesure having her as part of my life. My deepest condolences to you and your Father.
    Lillian S.

  6. Although We only knew Ruth for a brief period of her life…she was a very sweet and kind woman…Please accept my deepest sympathy!

  7. In 1988 Kevin Linam was on the rehab floor at St. Mary Corwin Hospital. Ruth was also a paitent there. Ruth was so sweet and kind to Kevin we have always been grateful to her. She was a lovely person and we feel sorry for your loss.

  8. I will always remember your Mother’s “GENEROSITY” I was one of the kids that had his haircuts at her shop in the 1960’s and 1970’s. She also gave me a side job cleaning up the shop on Sunday’s. That was my first job at 10yrs old it help enstill the responsiblity to be a productive citizen of society. These words of wisdom cross my mind as I sit here. ” Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. by Victor Hugo Please accept my deepenst condolences and prays. Your Brother In Christ, Francisco Cordova Denver. Co.

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