Ruth Helen Bacon

January 11, 1937March 22, 2023
Ruth Helen (Hegedus) Bacon, best known as "Ruthie," passed away peacefully in her home the morning of March 22, 2023, at the age of 86. She was surrounded by the love of her family, and her husband, Duane Bacon, was by her side in the comfort of their home. Ruthie was born on January 11, 1937, in Buffalo, New York. After attending Catholic High School in her hometown, she continued her education at the University of Buffalo for a short time. In the early 1960s, Ruthie moved to Denver, Colorado where she met Duane. Their shared love for the Colorado mountains brought them together and formed the foundation of their lifelong partnership. Ruthie devoted 18 years to AT&T, which later became Mountain Bell. She broke barriers as one of the first women to hold a dispatcher's position at AT&T’s Denver office. She retired to dedicate herself to raising her two beautiful children Jennifer Northrop and Cheryl Contreras. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and devoted wife. Affectionately known as “Mimi” by her three grandchildren, Kayla, Dylan, and Nathan, she always showered them with love and candy. Ruthie spent countless hours playing with her grandchildren, cherishing every moment of their laughter and joy. For over four decades, Ruthie and her family lived in the beautiful Brigadoon Glen neighborhood near Niwot, where they cherished lifelong friendships with their neighbors. They also found spiritual solace and a nurturing community at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Boulder for over 30 years. Ruthie had an ability for bringing people together and creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Her home was always filled with family and friends who loved these heartfelt gatherings, warm embraces, and her delicious Hungarian chicken paprikash with hand-dropped noodles. Duane and Ruthie were happy to share the recipe and teach anyone willing to learn. Ruthie's warmth, love, kindness, and sense of humor will be dearly missed by everyone fortunate enough to have known her. Her life will be commemorated in an intimate gathering of family and friends, as they come together to honor her memory and cherish the moments they shared. Ruthie was preceded in death by her parents Ruth and William Hegedus, her brother William “Billy” Hegedus and her sister Vivian Hacker. She is survived by her husband Duane Dale Bacon and her two daughters Jennifer Coleen Northrop (Mark) and Cheryl Ann Contreras (Jeremiah). In lieu of sending flowers, please consider honoring Ruthie's memory by planting a tree or making a donation to Urban Peak, a charity supporting youth who are experiencing homelessness. Through this thoughtful gesture, you will continue her legacy and support a cause dear to her heart. To support Urban Peak, please visit In the Tribute Gift section and kindly dedicate your contribution in memory of Ruthie. Alternatively, you may send a check to: Urban Peak, PO Box 300489, Denver, CO 80203

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