October 19, 2012
|Ruth at the Unity March ©2007 W. L. Doromal|
Her contributions to the CNMI spanned over thirty years, but few could have accomplished in a lifetime what Ruth accomplished in the decades that she lived on Saipan.
Ruth was a gifted writer, environmentalist, librarian, researcher, and a good friend to many.
To me, she was a friend from afar. Ruth sent many emails providing me with information and insight. When she enjoyed something on this site, she took the time to send a personal message. She often ended her emails with the encouraging message, "Keep up the good work!"
There will be a void for many of us as Fridays come without Ruth's "On My Mind" columns. I always looked forward to reading what Ruth had to say. Her weekly column ran in a variety on Saipan newspapers for many years and later it was published online and emailed to friends.
In 1994 when my husband and I were attacked mercilessly for advocating for justice and reform for the foreign contract workers, Ruth wrote a column supporting our efforts. I still have the original yellowed article from 1994.
Ruth was truly an extraordinary educator. She researched and dug up facts then incorporated them into her columns to help educate and inspire the community that she loved so much.
Most of the time I agreed with her views, but even when I did not, I still admired her perspective and thoughtfulness.
In 2010 the CNMI Legislature recognized Ruth with House Resolution 16-104. She was also honored by Delegate Kilili Sablan who submitted a statement to the Congressional Record referring to her as a "citizen extraordinaire." The accolades were well-deserved.
Ruth was a very dear and special person who will be missed by all. Her many contributions to the CNMI will live on even though she has departed. Rest in peace, Ruth.