Update: 3:00 pm: Funeral Services for the late Ruth ‘Williams are expected to be held at the Mount Sinai Cemetery on July 1st, 2022. More information to follow.
Update: 11:45 am. : The City of West Hollywood will lower all city flags to half-mast in honor of the late Ruth Williams.
Ruth Forster Williams, a founding figure of the City of West Hollywood, died today, according to a posting on her Facebook page written by her son. Williams had suffered a stroke on June 4 and had been hospitalized since. Funeral arrangements are forthcoming. The post reads:
“It is with our heavy hearts and it devastates us to announce the untimely passing of our dear mother, Ruth Hanna Williams on June 17, 2022.On June 4th, Ruth suffered a stroke which unfortunately she succumbed to at the hospital and passed away. Ruth was continuously surrounded by her family and friends during her last days and knew how much she was loved.To know her was to love her and she will be greatly missed.Ruth is survived by her sons Steven & Richard Neubauer, Michael Forster and her grandchildren Jonathan & Lauren Neubauer and Jacob Forster. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made and will be communicated once completed. We hope to see you all at the celebration of her life.You may contact Michael at 310-261-8315 or Richard at 818-522-1725 with any questions.”
Ruth and I were close friends and neighbors for over 30 years. We chatted everyday. When I look out and see her building – right behind mine, the sadness sets in. I miss her terribly and hope she is in place where she can see me saying I miss you.
Rest In Peace Ruth
We lost one of our founders. I will miss her, as a friend, a role model and an activist. Glad to have called her my friend.
We all will miss you, dear Ruth! West Hollywood and its residents never had nor ever will have a better advocate and friend! Rest in peace. 💔
From a single mom who was just outraged that her boys could not safely play in Plummer Park, Ruth became an exemplary activist who was never afraid to take on the big issues. She had a great love of her neighborhood and was a constant promoter and advocate for the Eastside of West Hollywood. An active member of CES, she played a very active role in creating the new City of West Hollywood. Ruth was devoted to public safety and supported our local Sheriff’s deputies. She was an inexhaustible force for good for so many years and she touched so… Read more »
Rest in Peace Ruth Williams.
City of WEHO should consider Renaming Kings Rd., Park to Ruth Williams Park
Sending my deepest condolences to Ruth’s family and friends. May her incomparable spirit and love of this city live on through those that follow!
Ruth’s legendary contributions to the City of West Hollywood from well before cityhood, through incorporation, and right up to her well-voiced concerns in these last couple of months, will not soon be forgotten. Our gratitude for her tenacity, courage, and wise counsel and words should be forever etched into this city’s legacy. RIP to a true local hero.
May she rest in peace.
Ruth Williams loved and cared for the city she lived in.I hope others follow her example of civic engagement now that she is gone.RIP Ruth Williams.
Rest in Peace Ruth, your friendship over the years was very special to me