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Ruth Griefer Harbaugh

February 18, 1942 September 20, 2018
Ruth Griefer Harbaugh
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Obituary for Ruth Griefer Harbaugh

Ruth Griefer Harbaugh, currently of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, formerly of Niles, Michigan, passed away at home on September 20, 2018 after a long illness.

Ruth was born February 18, 1942 to Eleanor Griefer Huffman and Robert Griefer in Niles, MI. Ruth was married to her best friend, Jerry Lee Harbaugh, for 57 years.

She graduated from Niles High School in 1960 and received her Associate’s Degree in Business from Southwestern Michigan College in 1984. She was a successful executive and ground-breaker in office technology implementation, working her way up from part-time bookkeeper to Chief Financial Officer/Chief Information Officer at Goodwill Industries of Michiana, where she worked for over 25 years. For several years Ruth served as Treasurer of the Brian Parker Memorial Foundation in Niles, MI and later was Treasurer at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hot Springs Village.

Ruth was vibrant, funny and creative. Her wry sense of humor armed her with a quip for every situation. She loved to travel, from her first adventure camping through Europe as a newlywed with Jerry, to cruises and RV trips in later years. She loved making and giving crafts to her friends and family and enjoyed painting, knitting and beading. She also loved to play cards and golf, and spent many years bowling on teams with friends in Michigan. Ruth lived a lifetime love affair with her best friend and husband Jerry and taught her children a love of reading, a value for education and how to enjoy life.

Ruth is survived by her husband Jerry, her children Diane Harbaugh Pierson (Tom Pierson) and Alan Duane Harbaugh (Laurie VanNiman), her grandchildren Hillary, Dustin, Courtney, and Brittany, and her brother Robert. Ruth was predeceased by her parents and brother Donald.

A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 199 Barcelona Road, Hot Springs Village Arkansas at 10:00 a.m. on Friday September 28th. A celebration of life will be held in Niles, Michigan at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dierksen Hospice or the Holy Trinity Memorial Fund.

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Memorial Service




10:00 AM 9/28/2018 10:00:00 AM
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

199 Barcelona Road
Hot Springs Village, AR 71909

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
199 Barcelona Road Hot Springs Village 71909 AR
United States

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Dierksen Hospice

3648 N Hwy 7 Ste E
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas 71909
Memorial Fund

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

199 Barcelona Road
Hot Springs Village, AR 71909
Memorial Fund

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