Marilyn Break Ruf was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and a friend. After a month-long battle fighting a rare form of meningitis, she left this world on June 7, 2022 at the young age of 73.
Born in Fresno, CA on July 20, 1948 to the late Janice and Richard Break, Marilyn was the middle of three children. After graduating from Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia, she made her way across the U.S., eventually settling down in the suburbs of Atlanta. Three years ago, Marilyn and her husband purchased a dream condo in Naples, Florida with a goal of living there full time.
Marilyn loved her children fiercely and her grandchildren even more. She was so proud of them that she talked of them often. In fact, most people knew of her kids and grandkids even if they hadn’t met them.
Marilyn was an extremely hard and dedicated worker ending her career at Verizon with more than 25 years of service. At one point she even was called to “strike duty” serving at a call center nearly around the clock in upstate New York. She retired five years ago and has been spending more and more time in Florida enjoying “vacation life.”
A near obsession of spending time outdoors, whether in the garden, on the boat, the golf course, or just out on the lanai, Marilyn loved the sunshine. Her charm and zest for life was infectious. She was always the life of the party, every party, never meeting a stranger.
Marilyn is survived by many who loved her and will miss her dearly. Survivors include husband Thomas Ruf; brother Richard (Kemp) Break of Visalia, CA; sister, Catherine (Cathy) Freitas and husband Tony of Visalia, CA; daughter Chenin Kemmerlin and husband Derek of Suwanee, GA; son Benjamin Curtright of Buford, GA; stepdaughter Katie Ruf and husband Rueben of New Mexico; stepson Christopher Ruf and wife Jennifer of Ackworth, GA; and five grandchildren: Hatcher, Aidan and Sadie Kemmerlin; and Corey and J.J. Ruf.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 on Friday, June 10, 2022 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church on 3740 Holtzclaw Road in Cumming, GA. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America on her behalf.