TORRINGTON – Patsy Kay Rutt of Torrington passed away peacefully in her home on June 24, 2020.
Known for her selflessness above all things, ‘Mom’ listened earnestly, taught intentionally, inspired greatly, nurtured all who came into her home and completed those pursuits well at the age of 83.
Pat was born March 29, 1937, in Curtis, Neb., to John McCullough and Illa (Sweet) McCullough. She married the love of her life, Rodney R. Rutt, on June 8, 1956, in Boulder, Colo. They lived in Moab, Uta, for some time before settling in Torrington.
Unconditional love was demonstrated well all of her life, starting early in their marriage when they started to adopt, have and raise five incredible children.
Committed to her family’s success, she seized all opportunities to show up at every sporting event, band concert, graduation and wedding she was invited to by her kids and grandkids, and, vibrant as her spirit, she was always the best dressed in the room.
Strong, independent, and never taking for granted all of the love in her life, she expected the same in return.
Pat very much enjoyed the people she called friends, and the friends who became family and was the first to invite somebody to the table for a meal, a puzzle, her always-filled cookie jar in the corner of the kitchen, a cup of coffee or something stronger, or a (very competitive) game of cards or marbles. If given the opportunity to join her in any room, you felt immediately that she was a safe harbor, shining light and offering shelter from life’s greatest storms, and celebrating your biggest and smallest victories.
She was the first to remind you that life is too short not to have dessert first, and that the best things in life aren’t things.
There was no shortage of joy in her life as stories were shared with all of us over and over again: having so much life lived with the love of her life, getting the opportunity to proudly watch her family grow well and with purpose, traveling around the world with those she enjoyed most, coffee with her friends, the “Knit-Wits” knitting club and sharing her love of books with anybody willing to borrow them.
The family found it quite difficult choosing tunes for her celebration of life because she was the music. While we’re sure she’s being welcomed home by those that have been long waiting for her (her husband Rodney, her son R, her brothers and her parents), the ones left behind are grieiving substantially with great reason; her life and legacy is one to be remembered and honored well and often.
Mom, your daughters Lisa (Brian) Collar of Torrington, and Kimberly Dreyer and Kelly (Keith) Groeneweg all of Cheyenne; your son Kirk (Shelly) Rutt of Torrington; your grandchildren and great-grandchildren and so many more will miss you tremendously, and are forever grateful for the lessons and love learned from you.