Ruth Hollen Dewell

Funeral services for Ruth Hollen Dewell, 74, of Dolores, will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 9, at Montelores Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Ruth Hollen Dewell, was born Oct. 2, 1937 to Robin and Marie Hollen of Pleasant View. She was the last of nine children born to the Hollens. Ruth was a 1955 graduate of Cortez (MCHS) High School. She attended Fort Lewis A&M at the old Hesperus campus and then the new site in Durango. Ruth received her teacher’s certificate and taught at Cahone Elementary School. In 1958, she married George Dewell, whom she met at Fort Lewis and who was to be her loving companion for 54 years.

The couple moved to Fort Collins while George finished college. They lived in Carbondale, Colo., for 36 years, where George had a veterinary practice. To this union were born three children, Denise, Douglas and Grant. After George’s retirement the couple moved back to Dolores. Ruth was a member of Montelores Baptist Church, an avid flower gardener and a friend to all who knew her.

She passed from this life to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 2, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Ruth is survived by her husband, daughter Denise (David) Close of Buena Vista, Colo., son Douglas (Cheryl) of Tenmile, Ore., and son Grant (Reneé) of Nevada, Iowa. Also by five grandchildren of whom she was so proud, Koby and Trevor Close, and Caitlin, Nicole and Nolan Dewell. By sisters Waneta Martin, Velma Hollen, Bessie White and June Bertram all of Montezuma County plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish are asked to donate in Ruth’s honor to Montelores Baptist Church, Box 2, Lewis, CO 81327 or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Services are under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to and click on the obituary section.