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Ruth Leona Levin

Ruth Leona Levin, 91, of Sarasota, Florida, died on 04 February 2018.

The Funeral was held at Sarasota, Florida .

The family of Ruth Leona Levin will be gathering through the evening of Sunday, February 11 at the residence of Doron and Adina Levin, 1020 Parkway Trail, Bloomfield Hills MI 48302. The family will be gathering on Sunday from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Religious services will be conducted at 7:00 Sunday evening.

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Ruth Leona Levin (Levine) of Sarasota was a warm, bright, kind and adventurous soul – an adored wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and loyal friend. The memory of her luminous smile, giving nature and infectious laugh will live on in the hearts of the many who knew and loved her. Ruthie, as many called her, moved to Sarasota in 1970 with her late husband, Basil. Together they opened Living Walls on St. Armand’s, which later moved to lower Main Street, an enterprise whose clientele generated new friends from around the world. Ruth was a Board Member of the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association and involved with Downtown Storefront Program and Redevelopment of Downtown. She was a Guardian Ad Litem and a reading tutor at Alta Vista School. Ruth, the daughter of Phil and Pearl Levine – and step-mother Rose Levine – was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Cleveland, graduating from Glenville High School. She is pre-deceased by her parents, husband Basil Levin, second husband Bernard Gurney, older brothers Saul Levine and Irving Levine, both of Pittsburgh, and a daughter, Karie Levin. Ruth trained as a Registered Nurse, graduating from Peoples Hospital’s training program in Akron, Ohio. As a young nurse she volunteered to serve in Palestine in 1948 during the conflict that led to the creation of the State of Israel. She and Basil, whom she met and married in Israel, were founders of Moshav Habonim. They later lived in South Africa before coming to live in the U.S. in the early 1950s. Before moving to Sarasota and specializing in contemporary interior design at Living Walls, she worked as an operating room and emergency room nurse in Summit, NJ and Mt. Lebanon, PA. Ruth was active in Synagogue and Jewish groups, philanthropies and welfare agencies throughout her life. With Basil, and later on her own, she sailed and traveled extensively, learned ham radio, earned scuba diving certification, and participated in Florida State Theatre’s Improv Group. Ruth is survived by her son, Doron (Adina), of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; daughter, Alison Bishop (the late Michael), of Sarasota; six grandchildren: Guy (Alyssa) Levin of Berkley, Michigan; Libby (Andy) Finn of Waysata, Minn.; Elan Levin of San Francisco; Zev (Jacquie) Bishop of Sarasota; Evan Bishop of Denver; Jared (Kayla) Birdsong of Denver; and four great grandchildren.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Ruth Leona Levin may do so by making a contribution to:

JFCS of Sarasota
2688 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, MI 34237
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Children’s Guardian Fund
PO Box 49722
Sarasota, FL 34230
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