Ruth Belle Newell |

Ruth Belle Newell

Former Aspen resident Ruth Belle Newell died Aug. 27 at University Hospital in Denver from complications during heart surgery.

She was born Dec. 7, 1916 in Omaha, Neb., one of eight children born to Hattie Belle Cline and James Theophilus Anderson. The family homesteaded in Wyoming. When Ruth was a young girl, the family moved to Denver where she grew up. She married Clyde Leroy Newell on Aug. 22, 1934 and they were happily married for 49 years prior to his death.

While her children were young, Ruth worked part-time at various jobs, gaining business skills which enabled her to assist Clyde when they moved to Aspen and founded Alpine Construction Co. Later, she and her daughter co-owned Jill’s Tot and Teen shop in Aspen. Ruth and Clyde spent winters in Arizona and summers in Aspen for many years, with frequent visits to Guaymas, Mexico, where Clyde fished and they both collected shells. Ruth designed and made attractive framed seascapes from the shells. She also became an accomplished motorcycle rider and adopted a Mexican family.

Through the years, she sewed quilts for each of her three children, 12 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Ruth lived recently in Grand Junction and El Jebel. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Aspen.

Survivors include sister Harriet Wanamaker of Denver and twin brother Jim Anderson of Colorado Springs; daughter Lorry (Gusten) Lutter and family: Clyde, Kathy, Timothy, Joshua; Gusten Jr., Carol, Silvi, Kedar; Tiiu Jill, Tom, Lila, Gusten John, Kalev; Jaan; son Don “Butch” (Vicki) Newell and family: Tani; Dan, Kristen; Gabe, Lisa, Gray; Kristin; Ben; and daughter Jill (Don) Westerlind and family: Jon, Eric, Mark; Lauri, Jerry, Katie, Samantha; Ole, Lucinda, Brian Kylie, Joshua, Daniel.

Funeral services will be held today at First Baptist Church in Aspen, at the corner of 7th and Francis streets. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon today at the church.

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