April 24, 2012
Ruth Whyte, 84, formerly of Aspen, Colo., died peacefully Sunday, April 8, 2012 at Brookshire House in Denver, of complications due to dementia/Alzheimer’s.
She was the youngest of four daughters born to Jessel S. Whyte and Ruth Johnson Whyte in Kenosha, Wis. Ruth grew up in Kenosha and attended Kemper Hall for high school and she attended college at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In the early 1950s, following college graduation, she moved to Aspen and became a physical education teacher. Ruth lived in Aspen until 2000 when she moved to Denver for long-term health care.
Once settled in Aspen, Ruth began to volunteer for many organizations and became active in philanthropic endeavors important to the then emerging ski town, the Aspen Historical Society being her most dedicated mission while living there. She loved to ski the Aspen mountains and often entertained her friends and family members during the winter months.
Ruth enjoyed traveling the world and visited many countries during her adult years. She also enjoyed hiking, cooking, collecting travel pictures, visiting her family and caring for her poodles.
Ruth is survived by three nieces and a nephew, Pamela Griffith Jellison, Florida; Eliza Wilder Yeager, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Jessel Stuart Wilder, N.C.; and Lucy Wilder Hibbard, Wis.; 18 great-nieces and nephews, and 22 great-great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her three sisters, Harriet Whyte Mickelson, Anne Whyte Wilder and Helen Whyte Griffith; and two nephews and a niece, Frank Griffith, George Wilder and Ruth Wilder.
A memorial ceremony is being planned for later this summer in Aspen at the Ruth Whyte Park. Memorial donations may be made in Ruth’s name to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.