UPDATED: Many Mourn Passing Of Former Woman Of The Year, Ruth Clark
Services have been announced for community leader Ruth Clark, who died Friday night in Sylmar.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park. Services will be followed by a lunch reception at the Elks Club on Sierra Highway, where Clark and her late husband, Chuck, were members.
Many are mourning the passing of former Woman of the Year, Ruth Clark.
Ruth, who was nearing the age of 90, died Friday at 7:40 p.m. at the Olive View UCLA Medical Facility.
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Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich expressed his condolences and remarked on Clark's passing.
"As a former staff member, Ruth Clark was a wonderful integral part of my team representing the Santa Clarita Valley. Ruth was devoted to her family, community, and my office. She was a positive individual, always had a smile and a helping hand. Christine and I send our condolences and prayers to her family and friends."
Recently, she suffered injuries following a fall in her home. After several days at Newhall Memorial Hospital, she was transferred to Astoria Nursing and Rehab in Sylmar.
Close friend to Ruth, Jami Kennedy, said that she was in ill health when she went to visit her at the rehab center. She was soon thereafter transfered to Olive View where she died.
Ruth was known for her involvement in our city and her generous nature.
"She loved her community and being involved in it," said Marion Ostrom, daughter of Ruth Clark.
She grew up in Corning, New York and lived in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1955. Before retiring, Ruth worked as Staff Assisstant to Michael D. Antonovich.
She was active in numerous city functions including the SCV Boys and Girls Club, the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, Zonta International, the William S. Hart Mansion and Park, Red Cross, the SCV Historical Society, and more.
In 1991, she was honored as the Santa Clarita Woman of the Year. Five years later, her late husband, Chuck Clark, was named Man of the Year. Many knew them as one of the most giving couples in our valley.
Before her passing, Ruth remained active in the Church, Zonta, the Canyon Theatre Guild, the Elks Lodge, Boys & Girls Club and the Historical Society.
"Ruth was a wonderful, kind, loving lady and our community mourns her passing," said Jami Kennedy.