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In Loving Memory of Emily Rose St. Louis

December 29, 1935 – March 20, 2021


Last updated 4/6/2021 at 3:23pm

Emily Rose St. Louis, 85, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, was reunited with her late husband, Ronald; and a son, James; as well as many siblings, her parents and other loved ones in Heaven on Saturday, March 20, 2021, crossing over peacefully from her home in Widefield, Colo., with family near her side.

She had courageously fought health issues over the last few years, always with a smile on her face and hope in her heart.

She was born on December 29, 1935, to Olaf and Elizabeth Benway in Framingham, Mass. She was a Christian.

On June 27, 1953, she married the love of her life, Ronald, in Clinton, Mass.

Life as an Army wife took her many places before moving to Widefield in February 1973 from Erlanger, Germany. They were also stationed at Fort Devens, Mass., and Fort Lee, Va., previously.

She and Ron raised seven children - six boys: Larry, Frank, James, Gary, Raymond and Roger; and one girl, Nancy. Emily was a homemaker and loved her family and her doggies with all her heart.

As a military wife, she was active in many ways over the years, and successfully raised her seven children mostly on her own while her husband traveled all over the world with the Army. She had many stories to share about traveling with her seven children, as well as their life while living in Germany from 1963 – 1965 and also from 1968 – 1971. The family made their final home in Widefield, Colo., when Ron was stationed at Fort Carson, before retiring here. She lived in this area for 48 years.

During their golden years, Emily and Ron greatly enjoyed their time together. They helped with several political campaigns over the years to support the late State Senator Ray Powers, the late State Representative Mary Ellen Epps, El Paso County Commissioner Jeri C. Howells and others.

Emily was active with the Fountain Valley Republican Women's group, attended functions hosted by the El Paso County Republican Women's group and was a life member of the Korean War Veterans Association. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Widows of KWVA. She and Ron appeared in many parades with the veterans organizations and campaigns they supported.

At one point Emily and Ron even helped out at this newspaper, delivering papers to businesses in the local community.

Emily loved spending time with family and friends, as well as being outdoors in her beautiful yard. She enjoyed thrift store shopping and watching her "stories" (soap operas) and movies. Over the years, she raised many dogs, and most recently always could be found with Herbie, Nova and Mickey in her lap or at her feet.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ron, and a son, James. She was the last living member of her original family which included several sisters and one brother, who preceded her in death.

Surviving are her children: Larry, Frank (and Robin), Nancy (and Alan), Gary (and Shirelle), Raymond, Roger (and Sonia), daughters-in-law, Sherry St. Louis and Patricia St. Louis; grandchildren, Sissy and Jr., Alan and Rich, Jasmine and Gary Jr., and Kayla; and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other loved ones and dear friends.

A private family viewing took place March 30 at the Shrine of Remembrance in Colorado Springs. Cremation followed on March 31, and on April 1 her ashes were interred at the Shrine of Remembrance Rose Garden with family in attendance.

She is remembered as a kind and loving lady, who gave so much love and care to her family. Two of her great grandchildren, Anthony and Mellanie, lived with her and Ron for a time when they were young. They credited "Grandma Great and Grandpa Great" with helping them to develop their character, learn to read, and for being the strong and capable adults they are today.

Memorial contributions may be made to Compassus Hospice in Colorado Springs or to the charity of your choice.


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