Marlene Yvette Ruffin
January 7, 1938 – February 10, 2020
My dearest Mother, Marlene Yvette Ruffin, age 82, passed away at 1:28AM on Monday morning peacefully, at her home in Columbia, MD, February 10th, 2020.
She was born January 7, 1937 in Washington, DC, to Mabel & Wilbur Jackson.
She graduated in 1986 with a degree in International Business studies with a minor in Finance.
She worked for the Department of Commerce for the better part of 40 years and was elevated from Foreign Trade analyst to the position of International Trade Specialist which seemingly parlayed her strengths to its fullest - which was having a keen ability to problem-solve and unravel the complexities and vast enormities of trade commerce and enterprise.
Mom truly lived her life to the fullest; she enjoyed going to symphonies at the Kennedy Center, traveling, tai chi, yoga, crossword puzzles, helping at her church, being with her friends and family as well as enjoying watching Jeopardy.
Mom was spiritual and touched others with her warmth, dedication and beautiful spirit.
It's with devotion, deepest love, and heartfelt respect that I write this along with a very heavy heart. For I know, she is with me along with serving God.
Mom is survived by her son, William Ruffin, her two sisters, Scarmell Webster and Fern Duncan, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
I not only admired her for her incredible intuitiveness and intellect, but also her absolute commitment to walk with Christ in her daily life. She had a quiet dignity about her along with an understated modicum of class.
There won't be a single day that goes by that I won't think about her or admire her courage, inner strength and natural inclination to help others.
Her essence and tenets of her existence were always to walk in faith. I'll miss you Mom.
Family will receive friends at Witzke Funeral Homes, Inc., 5555 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia, MD 21045 on Sunday, February 16, 2020, from 11am to 12pm, where a Celebration of Life will begin at 12pm.
- Visitation Sunday, February 16, 2020
- Memorial Service Sunday, February 16, 2020
Marlene Yvette Ruffin
February 16, 2020
Marlene, My Dearest Friend,
We had a 60+ year friendship. We went through young womanhood giggles, middle age endeavors, and senior adult mellowness together. We shared so much -- laughs, fears, hopes, dreams, and the ups and downs of our lives. You always encouraged me. I can hear you saying, "God is with you, Jo." I have those words in my heart. Now you are with God. That is so appropriate because you knew our God as your Lord and Savior. I thank God for every cherished remembrance of you. I will see you again.
I love you, Jo
February 15, 2020
Marlene and I grew up together as very close cousins! There are too many beautiful memories to mention them all.: Our Caribbean Cruise together with two friends and our trip to LA to visit our cousin Emily are precious memories. Also, Marlene loved the Ballet at the Kennedy Center which were gifts from her son Petey whom I also love!
I will miss Marlene’s kind and quiet manner and her soft spoken voice .
Her continuing Faith and Trust in God is immeasurable!
There is no doubt Marlene is happily with Him now!
God Bless You, Petey.
February 15, 2020
My deepest condolences to you Billy upon the passing of your mother. I remember Aunt Marlene as a kind, gentle, loving, caring spirit. You were her life and what a blessing she was to the Ruffin family. So grateful I had the opportunity to tell her last year how much I appreciated her in my early childhood. I know your heart is breaking. Keep holding on to the beautiful memories the two of you shared. Keep living your life in a manor that will be honoring to her and know one day you will see her again.
Danette and Vincent DiPietro
February 14, 2020
Marlene was a jewel. She was a genuine, a gentle, and a gracious person.
She practiced her Christian values by what she said, by how she treated others , and how she revered God with her conduct.
She greeted people with a warm and genuine smile. She was a great listener and always had a fitting word to share. Her conversation was usually short, but full of substance, guidance, encouragement, and affirmation.
She had a strong determination and once she created a goal, no challenge could hold her back. While fulfilling her duties as an International Trade Specialist, she returned to graduate school to pursue a masters degree. Despite the obstacles and odds, she graduated with great pride and success.
She left an impeccable path for us to follow.
I will miss her voice, her gentle laughter, and her practice of giving God praise.
I hear her saying, “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
Dee Gamble (Jackson)
February 13, 2020
Aunt Marlene - the ultimate lady! She will always be remembered as such, and will be forever loved in our wonderful memories of her. As she spreads her wings I am sure that she will do so in the most lady like manner that the heavens have ever witnessed. Bless you, Petey.
February 12, 2020
Will, I'm so sorry for your loss, my friend. I wish you all the comfort and peace at this time. My prayers are with you too.
"serve god, love me, and mend"