My mom, Ruth Allison, passed away on Friday in Henderson, Nevada. I’d like to recognize her, and my dad Jack Allison who passed away in 2005, for being wonderful parents and wonderful people. They both lived good lives, did what they believed in, helped other people, and made their way through the world quietly but with good hearts.
She was born in Helper, Utah, where helper engines were put on the trains for the long climb over the mountains. Her father, Nick Jorgensen, was a conductor for the Denver and Rio Grande Western railroad. She got a teaching credential from Fresno State and was a teacher of disabled students and those home-bound with sickness for a number of years, and then a substitute teacher. Her passions were bridge and golf, both of which she was quite good at, I think.
My mom’s brother Lester is alive and living in Colorado. The remainder of the direct family is my sister Jane and I, my nieces Allison and Kimberly, and Allison’s daughter Lily who was the joy of my mom’s life.
Some of my family genealogy is at http://allisondan.raincloudpub.com/family/.