Ruth McGarvey

Obituary of Ruth I. McGarvey

Today, June 23,2020, at 4:15 AM our loving Mother, Ruth I. McGarvey, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior. She lived her entire life serving Him.

She was born in Rosebud, Pennsylvania on May 26, 1928. She was predeceased by her husband Roy, her parents Vergie and William Harris, and her brother, Raymond Daniel.

Ruth is survived by her son and daughter in law, William and Sharon McGarvey of Toccoa, Georgia, her daughter Susan Rausch of Dayton, New Jersey, and her son and daughter in law Robert and Sheila McGarvey of Ponte Vedra, Florida.    She was Nani to 8 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. She prayed for them everyday and, until recently, even kept up with their birthdays.

Many years were spent in the ministry working alongside her husband. They pastored churches in Swords Creek and Richlands, Virginia as well as The Calvary Gospel Church in East Brunswick, NJ. They both attended Toccoa Falls College which was Toccoa Falls Bible Institute at the time. They sang duets in church all the time (she-alto, he tenor) and he accompanied on the guitar. There is no doubt that they are singing right now with the rest of the family and friends in Heaven.

One of her favorite Bible verses was, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not onto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.  Proverbs 3:5 & 6. Also, she had many, but one of her favorite hymns was Blessed Assurance Jesus is mine, which is how she left this earth, saying, “Jesus is my savior and I love him”.

For many years, she worked at the National Headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America. She also had a very unusual obsession….WNBA Basketball. She knew all the players, where they attended college, their coaches, and sometimes even the parents of the players. She would always make sure she was home in time for a game. After church sometimes we would go to lunch but she always had to make it home for game time.  She also loved reading and needlepoint and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events where her famous whistle could be heard by all those in attendance.

A private graveside service will be held.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.


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