Yolanda Ruiz

Of Fredericksburg, VA and Smith Island, MD passed from our lives on Friday, September 24, 2004, after a courageous battle with cancer. Over the past five years, she had endured the adversity of chemotherapy while being active local activities. As the Congressional Liaison for the County of Los Angeles, CA, she had assisted both County and the Federal Government in dealing with difficult issues in the areas of law enforcement, health care, employment, education, immigration, urban planning and business. Yolanda retired in 1993 but continued to provide legislative advice to the County until 2003. In celebration of her retirement, members of the U.S. Congress honored her with speeches which were recorded in the Congressional Record. Congressman Morehead said: "For more than two decades, Yolanda Ruiz has been the perfect paradigm of the public servant. She was strong when strength was needed; she displayed a sense of humor when things got too serious. Her class has always been obvious and her panache apparent". Yolanda had unfailing support for the California State Society as past President (the first female ever elected to this position in over 100 years), Vice President, and Treasurer. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Carlos; her sons, Daniel of California, Donald of Arizona, Carlos of Colorado, Richard and Anthony both of Maryland and Michael and Nicholas of Virginia, 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, three sisters, Alice Rodriguez, Theresa Lanahan and Bertha Valdez all of Texas and one brother, Al Enriquez of Virginia. Services will begin on Saturday, October 2, 2004 at 11 a.m. at MULLINS AND THOMPSON FUNERAL SERVICE, Stafford Chapel. Visitation will be two hours prior to the services. Inurnment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made in her name to "My Yoli Breakfast With Santa", at 1416 Washington Dr., Stafford, VA 22554.

Published by The Washington Post on Sep. 29, 2004.
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To the family, we are thinking of you at this time of sorrow. Our deepest feelings can't always find their way from hearts to words. Wishing there was something we could say or do to make things easier for you right now. Hoping it will help a little just to know how much we care and that our loving thoughts are with you. With Deepest Sympathy

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September 30, 2004
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