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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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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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