July 18, 1969 ~ September 13, 2020
Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado
Ruth Michelle Horton (Ruthie), was born to Dean and Kathy Horton on July 18, 1969. She passed away on September 13, 2020.
Ruthie received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Nazarene University and a Master’s Degree from Adams State University. Ruthie was a student and devoted employee of Pueblo District 60 for 26 years. She was a language arts teacher at Corwin Middle School from 1993 to 2000. Her journey in education took her to Central High School until 2019 where she taught language arts classes and served for a period of time as the English Department chair.
Ruthie was an exceptional daughter, sister, niece, aunt, granddaughter, and companion. Ruthie had a passion for teaching and the written word. She was devoted to the students in her care, and she encouraged them to always dream big and reach their full potential. The bell always rang blue for Ruthie and she loved the students and staff at Central High School.
Ruthie enjoyed traveling, camping, and hiking in the mountains. She loved animals and expressed her creativity through painting, crafting, and cooking for her family. Her quick wit and sense of humor endeared her to many. Ruthie was also known for her incredibly kind heart. She never met a stranger and was usually first in line to help another person in need. Her compassion for others was endless. Her friends and family describe her as an exquisite light with contagious charisma. Ruthie was spontaneous, fun, joyful, determined, and hard working. Ruthie loved Jesus and wanted to make sure that others knew about His unconditional love and grace.
Ruthie is preceded in death by her father, Ralph Dean Horton of Pueblo, CO; grandparents, Ralph and Gertrude Horton of Bethany, OK, and Robert J. and Myrtle Simms of Pueblo, CO.
She is survived by her mother, Shirley Kathleen Horton of Pueblo; her brother, R. Dean Horton II and wife Lisa of Pueblo, CO; nephew, Jonathan Dean Horton and wife Shawndra of Pueblo, CO; niece, Nicole Horton Hiratuka and husband Vinicius of Madison, MS, Brandi Horton Day, and husband Bobby of Pueblo, CO.
Ruthie’s funeral service will be at 11:00 on Friday, September 25, 2020, at First Church of the Nazarene, 84 Stanford, in Pueblo, CO with Pastor Jim Murray officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central High School Booster Club, c/o Leslie Nazario, 216 E. Orman Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004 or the First Church of the Nazarene, 84 Stanford Ave., Pueblo, CO 81005.
Memorial Service: September 25, 2020 11:00 am
First Church of the Nazarene
Pueblo, CO 81005