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Hilda Garrun 1920-2014

Hilda Garrun (nee Friedman) was born in South Africa and lived for 75 happy years amongst a tight family circle in Johannesburg. After her husband ,Harry, passed away, Hilda made aliyah to Israel and lived in Achuzat Beit retirement home in Raanana, close to her two children, Frank and Linda. Hilda's motto in life was be independent, keep busy and devote your energy to charitable work which indeed she fulfilled all her life. During her 20 years of life in Israel she plunged into a variety of charities; Beit Issie Shapiro in the shop packing gifts and serving behind the counter; ESRA, both in the second-hand shop sorting and selling clothes, and constantly knitting baby wear and scarves. At 85 years she headed out to a soldier's depot to make sandwiches and serve coffee in the winter. It was no surprise to hear that at 88years of age she announced that she wanted to do something for old people. So every Tuesday she drove to the soup kitchen, donned her apron and served hot soup to the elderly! The height of her career as a charity worker came at 89, before she stopped driving all her friends to lectures and bridge games. She had parked her car on a red and white line just outside the Wizo building and received a large fine. She insisted I write a letter to the traffic department with an apology and explanation: Dear Sirs I had to carry a heavy bag of money collected from my bridge games as a donation to Wizo. Forgive me, but there was no parking nearby. I include the receipt from the collection in this letter. Hilda was exempted from the fine! All those who had the privilege of knowing Hilda will remember her as a kind, fun and perfect lady. As her daughter I will cherish her sweet nature, her open-mindedness and liberal spirit. It was a privilege and great source of pride and inspiration to have spent the last 20 years of her life reunited with her family and enjoying great grandchildren.  



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