October 12, 2011
Steamboat Springs High School graduate Julie Keenan, right, took her mother, Ruthie Erickson, camping at Great Sand Dunes National Park in 2010, eight years after she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. She died Oct. 3.
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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.