Ruth Marie Borchardt

March 5, 1906 - April 20, 2008

Ruth Marie Borchardt, age 102, passed away on April 20, 2008 in Frisco, Texas. She was born on March 5, 1906 just west of the small community of Frisco, Texas to Mattie (Wolfe) and Henry C. McCormick. In 1930, Ruth married Aubrey Borchardt. She was a School Teacher and a member of the First United Methodist Church. Ruth graduated from Frisco High School in 1924 with a class of thirteen students. Her senior year was the first year of use for the two-story building that is today the main FISD Administration Building on Maple Street. Ruth attended Texas Women’s College in Fort Worth, which is now Texas Wesleyan. After a year, she received her temporary teaching certificate and began teaching at Hackberry School in the Frisco-Little Elm area. There, she taught fourth, fifth and sixth grades and attended North Texas State in the summers to finish her degree. While still finishing her schooling she taught in Frisco and then went back to Hackberry, which had consolidated with Little Elm, to teach and be principal of the elementary school. In 1932, during the depression, it was decided that families should only have one breadwinner, so she lost her job and decided to go to Dallas and approached Draughon’s Business College, offering to teach spelling and English in exchange for being allowed to take typing and shorthand. Soon after, Ruth was offered a job to teach the course – that short-term situation lasted twelve years. In 1948, her son, Mack Borchardt, Frisco’s Fire Chief, was born. When he began first grade she decided to get back into the teaching profession in Frisco. She taught middle school and then moved up to high school mathematics. Ruth taught for twenty one years, retiring in 1976. Then substitute taught for an additional ten years. The Ruth Borchardt Elementary School building was dedicated to her in 2001. Ruth is survived by her son, Mack Borchardt and his wife Allison of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren, Jenny Murray and her husband Darrin of McKinney, Texas, Wes Borchardt and his friend Carrie Chenault of Aubrey, Texas, Alexa Gail Borchardt of Frisco, Texas, Mackenzie Ruth Borchardt of Frisco, Texas; great-grandchildren, Garrett Christopher Murray and Kate Marie Murray of McKinney, Texas; some wonderful caregivers who helped her for the last three years. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Borchardt; parents; three brothers; three sisters. A Funeral Service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Frisco, Texas on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 10:30 AM with Dr. Judith Reedy officiating. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas. Family and friends are invited to the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Frisco at their convenience on Monday to pay their respects and to sign the register book. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Monday beginning at 6:00 PM.

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Our deepest sympathy to Mack and the whole family. Mrs Borchardt was one of a kind. I feel like I missed something since I only got to have her as a substitute, but she always made learning fun. We also always knew right where the line was and to never cross it. She raised a great family and will always be remembered for the legacy of love and learning. Thank you for sharing her with us. Donnie, Lisa, Maria, Gloria, and Lydia Phillips Donald Phillips, May 12, 2008 Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mrs. Borchardt always had a way of reaching out and touching my hands and my heart. She will be sorely missed. God Bless You All. Nan & Alec Parker, April 24, 2008 Everyone has a teacher who greated inpacted his/her life. For me, that teacher was Mrs. Borchardt, and I suspect that I am not alone in that sentiment. The class of '63 enjoyed her as teacher and sponsor for 6 years. Because of her readily available sense of humor, I ran to her to share every new joke. She came to our 40th reunion and quipped that we all "looked so old." We felt that she loved us and we certainly loved her -- I hope she knew how much. Nancy Fry Curtis, April 23, 2008 I will always remember being at Ruth's 100th birthday party. She was such a remarkable lady! Garnetta Sue Carroll-Payne, April 23, 2008 It is over-whelming to think of all the students Mrs. Borchardt touched. The things she taught us are, literally, a part of who we are. Remember, when we thought we would never use math in our 'real' lives? Thank you, Mrs. Borchardt for helping to prepare us for the future. Your students will never forget you. Mack, I know your mother was very proud of you and your family. My family will keep you in our thoughts. The Davidson Family Alice Davidson Clark, April 23, 2008 Mrs. Borchardt was one of the first people I met when moving to Frisco, at First United Methodist Church. With a twinkle in her eye, she told me Frisco was something special. Later, I learned why, which is because of people like her. Her influence abounds with an elementary school, a street, and even the best local hamburger all bearing her name. Her dedication to education and the many children of Frisco whose lives she has touched is immeasurable. May God add His blessing to her life and legacy, along with His comfort for all of her family at this difficult time. James Fomby, April 22, 2008 My thoughts are with your family at this difficult time. Frances Brazeal, April 22, 2008 Chief...my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family all the way from Florida. God Bless. Jo Ann Segal, April 22, 2008 from my family to yours,our prayers go out to you and your family.You will be remembered.You had lots of stories to tell. we loved listening to you during class. You were our substitute teacher back when I was in school. Math. So it was neat to have a little break and just talk to you about anything and everything,besides school stuff!Many fond memories you have left this town of Frisco Texas! Janie Sanchez Rivas, April 22, 2008 Thank you for all of the good memories that we had working at FHS. You told all of the new teachers that if Mack got out of line, just to slap the one sitting next to him and he would settle down. What a lady! Sammy Vaughn, April 22, 2008 I remember meeting you in 1996 when I was working for Mack. You walked into Central Station and said to me "keep these boys in line"; I did my best. I have fond memories of you and know that you will be missed by all. Rest in peace. Debbie Van Reenen, April 22, 2008 I had Ms. Borchart as a teacher for 6 years and class sponsor. What a wonderful person she was. Mack, you are so fortunate to have all the wonderful memories to lead you through this time. Those memories will never go away. God Bless you and your family. Glynda Antwiler Thompson Glynda Antwiler Thompson, April 22, 2008 Mack, Our hearts of heavy with the sad news of your dear Mother's passing. What a wonderful woman, who was undoubtedly so very proud of her family. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathy during this time, and please know you and your family are very much in our thoughts. Dave Muscari, April 22, 2008 'There's my outstanding student out standing in the hall'!! A great humorist, a great teacher, a great lady! She will be missed! Kathy Stulting Escobedo, April 21, 2008 I remember Mrs. Borchardt teaching me as a substitute in my middle school classes many years ago. She was a true Frisco legend that loved her community. Charlie Scott, Jr., April 21, 2008 Ruth was the most interesting and lively narrator when she lead my Leadership Frisco class on a historical tour of Frisco in 1999. Her memories of Frisco were so touching and you could tell from her stories how special all of the places were to her. I will always remember her willingness to share her memories and knowledge with me. Julie Fort, April 21, 2008 I will always remember the twinkle in her eyes, her gracious heart and what a remarkable person she was...such a sad day for all of Frisco. My heart is heavy for you Mack and all your family. I am praying for God to ease the sorrow you and your family are feeling and to give you the strength to deal with your loss. Mary Mary Candace Mathis, April 21, 2008 Mrs. Borchardt was a wonderful lady and I enjoyed getting to know her during our years serving together on the Frisco Beautification Committee. She will be missed greatly. Jennifer Zapata, April 21, 2008 Dear Jenny: My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Granny was an amazing woman and lived a long healthy life. She was lucky to have such a supportive family and wonderful caretakers. I was at Borchardt Elementary this weekend with my daughter Aly who was in her first Frisco ISD super quiz. I thought about Granny as I was in her school :) Sincerely, Robynne Elkin, MOT, OTR/L, CKT Robynne Rebecca Elkin, April 21, 2008 Mac, Allison, and the girls, So sorry to hear of your loss. She was a sweet women. God bless your family in this time of need. Kristen and Tom Mulos, April 21, 2008 Thanks for all the good things you taught so many people. Lou Brazeal Lou A. Brazeal, April 21, 2008 My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Nick A Rolater, April 21, 2008 Mrs. Borchardt was my math teacher in the late 1960's. Math was my poorest subject, yet she was always patient and encouraging in my efforts. Never was there a sweeter teacher or one who cared for her students like she did. She was one of Frisco's treasures. Suzanne Pink Cornelius, April 21, 2008 Mack and family, Please accept my sympathy for your loss. Ruth left a wonderful legacy in your family. She was such an important part of the Frisco community for so many years. She never stopped giving. She will be missed. Nola Jo Staley Springfield Nola Jo Staley Springfield, April 21, 2008 She impressed everyone who knew her "don't you know". A great lady and a wonderful teacher. Three years of math, Miss Borchardt, I finally got it! Beverly Lowrimore Kugler, April 21, 2008 We will always cherish the memories we have of Granny Ruth - we love her so. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. God Bless, Chico, Stella Barrera and Kids Chico Barrera, April 21, 2008 Ruth was a wonderful teacher and church member. I have fond memories of Ruth and her mother. My prayers are with the family. Nan Cantrell Jones, April 21, 2008 In our family there are many fond memories of Ruth and her mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Maurice Cantrell, April 21, 2008 I was so glad to have the opportunity to visit with Mrs. Borchardt at the naming of Ashley Elementary. My aunt, Lucille Rogers Ashley, had spoken of her so many times. Mrs. Borchardt was a charming lady. Frisco was my birthplace. I was the oldest grandchild of Maude and A. P. Rogers and I was born in their house. I only lived there five years during the Second World War but I will always consider Frisco my home as the memories of my family and their friends are very dear. My condolences to Chief Borchardt and his family. Carol Rogers McKenzie Carol Rogers McKenzie, April 21, 2008 I never met Granny Ruth in person but she must have been an extraordinary woman. I know that Jenny & Wes have inherited her compassion & ethics. Even though they will miss her so much, I feel sure her legend will live on in these two wonderful grandchildren. Cindy Smith, April 21, 2008 I am a miser of my memories of you and will not spend them. One of the sweetest ladies of Frisco. You will be remembered by many. Tony Rolater Tony Rolater, April 21, 2008 The first time that I met Ruth was and is something to remember of the church that I attended. My family were Methodist and Jewish. I moved here in 2000. But my family has been in Texas since 1836. Ruth and my mother were born the same year. What a wonderful legacy that she has left you, the members of her family. Sincerely, Liz Walker Liz Walker, April 21, 2008 From our department to yours, our prayers go out to you family. Chief Danny Thomas Thomas, April 21, 2008 The day Jenny was born and the excitement that Ruth then become Granny Ruth. Kathy Ann Phillips, April 20, 2008 Granny, I knew it was so important to you for everyone to sign the guestbook. I found it only fitting for me to sign also. I already miss you so incredibly much. I'm so thankful for ALL the memories I have to carry throughout my lifetime and the memories my children have had with you. There's none like you, Granny. Save me a seat next to you!! I LOVE YOU!!! Jenny Jenny Borchardt-Murray, April 20, 2008 My prayers and thoughts are with each and every one of you. Aunt Ruth was a wonderful lady who was blessed with a long and fruitful life. Love you all Susan Susan Jouett, April 20, 2008