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Kathryn Rubin

May 12, 1923 – May 14, 2018

A Life Well Lived



Kathryn Heyman was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Mina and Louis

Heyman on May 12, 1923.  She joined her sister, Bertha (Heyman)

Danoff, who was seven years older. Kathryn’s parents emigrated from

Germany to the United States early in the twentieth century. Kathryn’s

father was a merchant in New Mexico and her mother was a housewife,

raising their two daughters. Louis died in 1939 when Kathryn was 15

years old. Her mother died in 1961 at age 67.


Kathryn, Bertha and their mother owned a hat shop, Bertha’s Shoppe, in

Albuquerque on Central Avenue for many years. Bertha and Mina were

milliners, and Kathryn got her start selling and being the outward

face of the store. Known for their customer service and quality

craftmanship, the Heyman women outfitted customers of all walks of

life in Albuquerque with fine hats during the Depression era and



Kathryn grew up riding horses, doing well in school, and had many

friends. She participated in neighborhood antics and loved being

mischievous. From a young age, people took a liking to her and she

always found a soft spot in the hearts of her elders and peers. She

graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1940. She was known in her

communities as a kind leader and had an infectious laugh. She met Leon

Rubin from Raton, NM. They were introduced by a traveling salesman who

knew Leon’s and Kathryn’s families in their respective communities.

They married on January 6, 1946. Leon had just returned from WWII and

joined his father and brother in running the family business, Rubin’s,

a successful clothing store in Raton. Kathryn and Leon were married

for close to 67 years before Leon passed away on January 1, 2013, one

day short of his 93rd birthday.


They raised their two sons, Randolph and Ronald in Raton. There, the

Rubins provided a wonderful life for their family, loving the ease of

a small town and being a part of the business and social aspects of

the community. They were involved in many organizations both locally

and statewide. Kathryn and Leon were well-regarded business owners,

running Rubin’s Family Clothiers until its closing in 2011 (the store

was open for 95 years!), R&R Shoe Store, Willow Springs Mercantile and

Sports Arena with their son, Randy, and the Del Rose.


Kathryn was awarded the Hurst Award as a Jewish Pioneer of New Mexico

on June 4, 2017, and received this honor in Santa Fe, witnessed by

many friends and family, being only the 19th individual to receive it.

She was also the head of her Jewish synagogue in Trinidad, Colorado,

Temple Aaron for close to 30 years, maintaining and improving the

structure with the help of History Colorado and Colorado

Preservations, Inc. She was a Paul Harris Fellow in Colorado Springs

at the Downtown Rotary Club where her Ron serves as president. Kathryn

was named to the Trinidad State Junior College Foundation’s Hall of

Fame in 2013 and was on the Educational Foundation Board for over 20



In Raton she was a member of Pick and Shovel, Eastern Star, Raton

Friends of Music, Community Concert Association and PEO, as well as a

Cub Scout Den Mother while Randy and Ron were growing up. For over

fifty years, she was a member of the Seventh Street Coffee Club, a

Friday lunch group, and a bridge club. She was a life member of

Hadassah. As well as donating her time, she was philanthropic and

generous to numerous causes and families.


Kathryn spent her final seven years at MacKenzie Place in Colorado

Springs with Leon until his death. Kathryn was considered the “mayor”

of MacKenzie Place because of her interest and involvement in the

people who lived there and her help with ideas to improve senior



Kathryn had many friends and family all over the country, but

especially in Colorado and New Mexico. She made a video recording of

her life a few years ago entitled “A Life Well Lived” that will serve

as her legacy for years to come. She was always grateful for her

family, long life, and her many blessing that followed her throughout

her life. Family and friends meant everything to Kathryn.


Her mind was sharp until the very end of her life. Kathryn will be

remembered for her generosity, love of people and their personal

lives, and helping her friends and extended family with anything she

could do to make their lives better and happier. She had an uncanny

sense for remembering people, facts, figures and dates. She had a

wonderful sense of humor and a remarkable memory of almost everything

in her life and the lives of others. She died saying she lived a

happy, full life and didn’t have regrets.


Kathryn is survived by her two sons, Randy and Ron, and their

families: Randy’s two children Nina and Benjamin, living in

California; and Ron and his wife Karen (Berenstein) and their two

children Gillian (Dan Rollins) Rubin-Rollins of Colorado Springs, and

Daniel (Tammy) and their children, Reizy, Shloimy, Rochel, Moishe, and

Yossi of Beitar, Israel, and many nieces, nephews, and other family



A celebration of Kathryn’s life was held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in

Trinidad, CO at Temple Aaron Cemetery. 


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations:


Temple Aaron

℅ Ron Rubin

1042 Oak Hills Dr.

Colorado Springs, CO 80919


New Mexico Jewish Historical Society

5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE

Albuquerque, NM 87109


Trinidad State Junior College

Educational Foundation

600 Prospect Street

Trinidad, CO 81082


or a charity of your choice.



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