Ardath Elaine Paulsen

February 7, 1932August 1, 2018

Colorado Springs ~ Our world is a little less bright today as Ardath (Ardie) Elaine Paulsen un-expectedly passed away at home on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

Ardie was born in 1932 in Keystone, Iowa to Walter & Dora Kallsen and was raised on a family farm until her junior year in high school. She was one of nine children! Her family moved to Cottonwood, Arizona where she completed her senior year at Cottonwood High School graduating in 1949. Shortly after graduating she moved to Glendale, California to live with her 2 older sisters, Lois and Audrey. Soon she began working at Capital Records in Hollywood.

At the request of a friend, Ardie became pen pals with an Air Force serviceman who was serving in Okinawa, Japan ~ Thomas Windsor Paulsen. They were married December 22, 1956. Tom & Ardie had two children, Mark Edward and Jolie Kristine Paulsen and raised their family in Southern California. For many years she volunteered in local schools and then was hired as an “ESL” teacher. She loved working with the children. In 1990 Tom retired from Rockwell International and they spent 21 of their retirement years living in a golf community in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2011 they relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Ardie loved good food, visiting with family and friends, painting, arts & crafts and traveling. She also enjoyed going to movies, plays and being involved with her church. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle was of utmost importance to her. Most of all, she loved and adored her hus-band, children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Tom, son Mark and his wife Michelle of Reno, Nevada; daugh-ter Jolie and her husband Erik Lutz of Sedalia, Colorado along with six grandchildren: Meagan, Matthew and Melissa Paulsen along with Chayce, Riese and Bryce Lutz. Ardie also leaves be-hind a loving extended family of sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial arrangements for Ardath are being planned for a private graveside service at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California. Date still to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made as donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


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Riese Lutz

August 25, 2018

My Grandmother was the sweetest and most kind person that I have ever known. She brought so many laughs to family gatherings and a purity that was appreciated more than she will ever know. She was always there for her family and a true friend to all. I will never forget her loving embrace, her sweet and soft eyes, and a love for not only Christ but for everyone that she came in contact with. I am so thankful that I was blessed to have her as my grandmother and will always remember her for what she was and what she is now: an Angel. I love you Grandma. I know you are up above in a better place now and will be watching over us all. Rest in peace.
Love Always,

Jay Paulsen

August 12, 2018

My first memory of Ardath was in Grama and Grampa Paulsen's back yard in South Gate in 1956 when I had just turned 5 years old. I had stepped on Ardath's foot, which she didn't appreciate, though I think I was just trying to get the attention of the pretty lady who was with my uncle Tom. My strongest memories of Ardath, however, relate to her love of family, both her immediate family and the extended family. We always looked forward to visits with Ardath on their trips to our part of the country, or when we were able to visit her and Tom at their home. Her smiles, laughter, and caring will be sorely missed.

Malia Paulsen

August 12, 2018

Ardath, I will never forget your love of family. My heart is full of memories visiting you and Tom when you were hosts at campgrounds near us. You were always so warm and inviting and sharing. You will be missed tremendously.