Join family, friends and West Hollywood community members for a remembrance of Commissioner Ruth Williams, longtime West Hollywood resident, Commissioner, and community activist, on Saturday, July 2, 2022, at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ruth passed on June 17, 2022. As part of her last wishes, Ruth wanted to have a community gathering in West Hollywood where individuals could come pay their respects and join together to remember the impacts she made on their lives and the city.
Ruth is survived by her sons Steven and Richard Neubauer, Michael Forster and her grandchildren Jonathan and Lauren Neubauer, and Jacob Forster. This event is being planned in coordination and approval of Ruth’s family.
Ruth Williams was one of the city of West Hollywood’s founding members. She moved to West Hollywood in 1948 and dedicated most of her life to serving, improving and enriching the city. Her impact and contribution to the WeHo include participating in an effort that led to the city’s enactment of the longest rent controlled laws in the nation, advocating for a better quality of life for the eastside residents, encouraging involvement in the city’s neighborhood watch, program and enhancing public safety measures in West Hollywood.
Ruth stands as one of the longest serving officials in the city as a rent stabilization commissioner from 1985 to 1993. She also served in the Public Safety Commission from 1994 to 2021.
In addition to her service as a West Hollywood commissioner, she also served on the Women’s Advisory Board for a short time when it was first created, as well as on the Project Area Committee of the Eastside PAC.
West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Master, Mayor Pro-Tem Sepi Shyne and the rest of the city council adjured in her memory at the regular city council meeting on Monday, June 27, 2021. The Mayor honored her life and legacy on behalf of her family, friends and the entire West Hollywood community.
Flags were lowered to half-staff following the announcement of her death in remembrance of Ruth Williams.
A statement released June 4th, states that Ruth suffered a stroke which she succumbed to at the hospital where she passed away surrounded by her family and friends during her last days.