Mary Ellen Louise Borland, passed away Monday, January 14, 2019, in her eighty-seventh year. She had family at her side as she moved into life’s next stage.
Our Mom was born July 25, 1931 in Warren, PA., to the late John and Velma Schrader Riche. She was raised with her brother, John, on Russell Street. She graduated from Warren High School in 1949 and then Huff Business School. She worked at the former Struthers Wells Corporation and the Warren State Hospital until she married her husband, Isaac.
They had seven children – Isaac (Susan), Sam (Chris, Vivian Sanford (Paul), Valerie (deceased in 1959), John (Rebecca), Richard (Sandy), and Lottie Wood (Joe). She raised the six of us through the fifties, sixties and seventies on the family hobby farm with many animals and large gardens. She was very active as a 4-H leader during this time. During the eighties and nineties, she helped raise seventeen grandchildren and who have now given her sixteen great grandchildren to love. Others also call her Grandma and they came to our family through love and caring, if not by blood.
After Dad’s retirement she went back to work for Allegheny Floral for a few years. She and Dad traveled through much of the United States for twenty years in a series of Chrysler minivans to visit family, friends, and see sites of interest around the country.
She had a great love of horses and dogs. All of us and our children were given riding lessons and shovels. She will be mourned by her Old English Sheepdog, Oscar.
One year ago this month, she lost our father after sixty-four years of marriage. She is also survived by her brother, John Riche and sister-in-law, Ingrid, a very good friend and ex-sister-in-law, Jean Riche. Two cousins and several nieces and nephews also survive her. She will be remembered always by this large family.
We want to send a special thank you to those who cared for her during her final weeks at the Rouse Warren County Home and the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Home.
Friends will be received on Thursday, January 24, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. A Memorial Service will follow the visitation hours with Keith Martin, Pastor of Chapel at Tidioute Creek, officiating. A gathering for light refreshment will be held after the memorial service at the Grace United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Interment will be in Weiler Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through a charity of one’s choice or Rouse Warren County Home, 701 Rouse Avenue, Youngsville, PA. 16371 or Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Avenue, Warren, PA., 16365 or Paws Along the River, 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA., 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com