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Ruthie Erickson, pictured in 1999, was a dental hygienist in Steamboat for 20 years. She was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease almost a decade ago and died Oct. 3.

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Longtime Routt County resident dies from early-onset Alzheimer’s at 61

Even though Ruthie Erickson had been succumbing to early-onset Alzheimer’s for eight years, she was knitting scarves up until April of this year. It was a soothing activity to her as the rest of her world shrank.

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