Ruth Mae (Borchert) Harrivel Born in Cleveland, OH on February 24, 1930 Ruth breathed her last on earth and took her first breath in heaven on December 11, 2015. Preceded in death by her parents, Arthur C & Evelyn Borchert; her siblings: Evelyn, Arthur, Roy, and Nancy; and her husband Donald Harrivel. Survived by her children: Nancy Kelley and Rick (Jean) Harrivel; grandchildren, Paul Harrivel and Justin Kelley; and great-grand daughter Nola Harrivel; along with brother-in-law, George (Elane) Harrivel; and nieces and nephews scattered from Ohio to Texas to Florida. Ruth grew up in a Parma, Ohio - Located on the southern edge of Cleveland Married to Donald C. Harrivel on June 17, 1948. They were married for 64 years. They moved from Ohio to Dallas Texas, before coming to Georgia to live in Dunwoody, then Roswell. Ruth moved to Duluth in 2012, and resided at the Parc at Duluth. Mom had an adventurous spirit and was a gifted athlete. She and Dad loved tennis, and all things water, be it snorkeling, sailing, skiing or houseboating…they loved it all! And they lived to share those experiences with their closest friends, a wonderful group of people that shared the same passion for being on the water…usually at Lake Lanier. Man, there were some great parties on “that” special island at Lanier, with a dozen boats all tied off together for a long, lazy weekend…great friends sharing great times, creating great memories! They instilled that love of the water in their kids as well. Mom could ski like a pro, and would amaze the rest of the family when she would say “see you at the bottom”…then fly down the hill! Dad was a good skier, but Mom was the real athlete of the family. Rick made the mistake of going up with them to a double black run in Colorado…of course, Mom flew down the hill, Dad sauntered…and Rick took two days to get to the bottom! They started skiing in their early sixties, and enjoyed it into their late seventies…amazing. She and Dad enjoyed going out dancing – they could really “swing”. She loved to travel, and she and Dad did a ton of it throughout their lives. They both so believed in “experiencing” life, living in the moment, and sharing life with those they loved. She and Dad often ventured out to experience the world by horseback or rafting or snorkeling or hiking. Mom was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards – being involved with several bridge clubs (as she used to say… “When we’re at your house, we’ll play by your rules”). Mom and Dad were wonderful entertainers, and loved throwing parties and dinners of all kinds with many different people…life then was about experiencing things together, in community, and being gracious and hospitable…Mom excelled at it. So it was natural that in Rick’s senior year of high school, they welcomed a Swedish exchange student into their home…to this day, Lars is every bit as much a part of the family as Nancy and Rick…and that’s truly how both Mom and Dad felt for the rest of their lives…they loved him like he was their very own son. And Lars never doubted that. She got actively involved in the Parc community-life – welcoming new residents, playing cards, getting dressed up for dinners, happy hours, parties, dances, and going to shows and other various outings. She liked meeting people and socializing–never knowing a stranger. Ruth lived out her faith in the Lord by serving others. She was usually 30 minutes early to church for worship. She served as a greeter, helped on the alter guild, and assisted with collating the bulletin over the years. She reveled in being needed and helpful. Her faith was always strong, and she knew exactly where this journey would end. She has now been made whole physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually…. Memorial gifts can be made to Marines Toys for Tots in lieu of flowerw www.toysfortots.org Ruth’s faith is now sight!

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  1. Ruth was an amazing lady and I am so proud to have known her. Our friendship started at the lake and continued through the skiing years – I moved away from Atlanta and only saw her and Don on occasion. I smile when I think about the good and the bad
    things that we all shared and how we became closer and closer. No doubt Ruth is smiling now because she is a peace..

  2. I will always remember the wonderful memories we shared together. Ski slope, Lake Lanier, and the great shows and plays we saw over the years!
    Give my “T” a hug and kiss. Tell him I love him.
    You are at peace with Don now!! Dance with the angels together.
    Your were always a great friend to me. Thanks for your love and caring.
    Love and hugs
    Sue

  3. There were three brothers, first, Don, then George, and last Tom (Clarence Sears, Jr.,) Tom died at 39 in 1971, then Don just 3 1/2 years ago. That leaves just George but a George filled with memories of both brothers and a sister ( never regarded Ruth as an in-law) we were from high school on brother and sister. Many memories, some good, some bad. One makes me smile every time I think of it. Don went into the Marines in WWII, Ruth was still in high school, one grade ahead of me. So, when escorts were needed it was Ruth and I together as any brother and sister would be. After the war Don came home and resumed his courtship of his sweetheart. High school friends thought it terrible that Don stole my girlfriend. One day the brothers will together again.

  4. 17 December, 2015

    Oh my dear sweet Ruth … you have left us with so many memories of our time at Lake Lanier! Your humor was of course your strong suit, and it was laced with a bit of innocent devilish fun. I have admired your determination, whether it involved health issues or skiing down a black mountain. We also shared some holidays… and will especially hold close the memory of the Christmas luncheon where Philip gave me a wet dry vacuum for the boat. You have touched our hearts an souls in so many ways. We are sorry that we have not seen you so often in the last few years, but the good times and memories are forever with us. We placed a blue ribbon on a tree at a special church service in your memory last evening… and both smiled at each other as we know that you are with your soul mate, Don. We know that you are both at peace and send our love.

    Philip and Evelyn

  5. Ruth & Don were very much a part our CtK family and are missed. Ruth helped in the office, as well as her many other duties at CtK. She would often talk about her family, and her love for them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    LaVonne & Jeff Hallberg

  6. Both Ruth and Don were such dear friends of my father and me. They came to our aid on so many occasions whenever my dad and I needed transportation to doctors and hospitals or to get groceries. I owe them a debt of gratitude I can never repay to them as well as other members of CTK who took care of us during some very difficult circumstances and great suffering. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    David Hime

  7. Ruth and Don were a presence in my CTK family life. I had lunch with her one day and found out how extraordinary she was. She will be missed by all. We can take comfort knowing she is united with Don in God’s heavenly kingdom.

  8. I can’t believe it!
    I just received a letter from Rick and Jean.
    Shocked! I had no idea both Don and Ruth are gone.
    Don trained me selling Howard Wolf in Georgia and Florida. (Texas Ladies Apparel Line in the 70’s).
    Just a few years ago they stopped by to visit me in Phoenix, AZ. They looked healthy and good.
    So sad. Two Great People. That will be missed by all.
    Bob Nelson, friend for over 40 years.

  9. Ruth and Don were friends long ago in Toledo (65 years to be exact!) when we were all poor and young and before we had kids. along came Nancy and then Rick. My Barbara and Nancy were about same age and played together when our circle of friends got together for meals, bridge or NY eve. Don supplied us with baby plastic pants that he sold. We were together in Michigan when we skied for the first time ever using and falling on rope tows. We cried when they moved to Cleveland area but remained friends and visited. Old friends are always the best ones and both Ruth and Don are still fondly remembered.

  10. Aunt Ruth was the best Aunt ever. Giving love and advice that would last a lifetime. You are now dancing with Uncle Don, and as always, having fun. Although we did not live near, always felt your love. Thank you Rick and Jean for the beautiful obituary you shared.

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