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Ruth Arris Boarman, 81, of Kensington, formerly of Owings, died Oct. 15, 2012.

She was born Feb. 1, 1931, in Baltimore to Harvey Sylvester and Sara Alice (Keck) Snydeman.

She was raised in College Park. She married Lewis Lee “Lew” Boarman in 1956, and they made their home in Deale. She enjoyed gardening and always had lilac, gladiolas, magnolias, pansies and dogwoods in her yard. She also enjoyed feeding and taking care of the birds, particularly the humming birds. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, frequently attending functions at the Deale Elks Club or American Legion Stalling Williams Post 206. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, spending time on their boat fishing and going to Chincoteague. She was a great cook and did some catering, and enjoyed decorating her home for the seasons. She loved auctions and often collected “little people” figurines that reminded her of her grand- and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Lee Boarman, who died June 20, 2001; two brothers; and two sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Marilynn D. Bersoff and her husband, Dr. Edward, of Bethesda; granddaughters, Arris Brownfield and her husband, Jeff, of Paducah, Ky., and Michelle Bersoff of Benedict; great-grandchildren, Paul D. Bersoff of Bethesda, Caitlynn Brownfield, Edward Brownfield, Hope Brownfield and McKenna Brownfield, all of Paducah, Ky.; sister, Sarah Alice Madrid of Anniston, Ala.; stepdaughter, Sharon Beavers and her husband, Pat, of Sunderland; grandchildren, Patrick Beavers and his wife, Kris, Matt Beavers and his wife, Kelly, Lisa and Johnny Beavers; and great-grandchildren, Patrick, Amanda, Matt, Morgan, Ryan, Jacob, Sarah and Everley Beavers, all of Sunderland.

Visitation and a celebration of her life were held Oct. 20 at Rausch Funeral Home in Owings.

Interment was private at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham.

Memorial contributions may be made to any hospice or to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.