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Ruth Aldaco

Ruth Aldaco

1928 2019

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Obituary for Ruth R. Aldaco

Ruth moved to the City of Commerce from La Mesa, California in 1954 and became actively involved in her new community immediately. Ruth’s first call to service was as a volunteer parent in the PTA at Rosewood Park Elementary where her children David and Barbara attended. Rising quickly to the office of President of the PTA, Ruth yearned for broader opportunities in community service and became involved in city government.
Ruth, a trailblazer in her own right, was elected to the City Council in 1986 and in 1988 was the first woman elected to the Office of Mayor of the City of Commerce. Ruth worked diligently in her new role as Mayor to bring new business and quality child care to the city. She was instrumental in bringing the Citadel and Amtrak projects to the city.
In 1990, Ruth extended her community service into the city of Montebello. There, she joined the Board of the Montebello Family YMCA and connected the two cities to work collaboratively in support of YMCA programs.
Through hard-working collective efforts of both YMCA staff and volunteers, the Montebello-Commerce YMCA preschool opened in 2002 and continues to provide a safe and nurturing environment for hundreds of children and families. This is a testament to Ruth’s legacy for her commitment to families.
Ruth also served on the Beverly Hospital Foundation Board, Rio Hondo Boys and Girls Club Board of Managers, and the President of the California Contract Cities Association.
Ruth received the Soroptimist Woman of the Distinction Award in 1991, the Rio Hondo Boys and Girls Club Woman of the Year Award in 1992, the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles Human Dignity Award in 2000, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Golden Book of Distinguished Service in 2010.
Ruth is survived by her daughter, Barb Aldaco; her three granchildren – Ben, Gina, and Mark, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-granchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Ruth Aldaco Scholarship Fund at the Montebello-Commerce YMCA.

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    2019 | 10:00am
    St. Marcellinus Church
    Commerce, CA
    St. Marcellinus Church September 4th, 2019 10am
  • Interment

    Queen of Heaven Cemetery

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Wil Richeson

Growing up visiting Aunt Ruth was always so much fun. Learning to bake with her, doing our nails on Thursdays, vacation trips, family outings, camping and holidays were always more fun with her infectious smile and lovely laugh. We will miss you dearly but grateful you are at rest with family in heaven. Love Wil and Dolo
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Artemio E. Navarro

Artemio E. Navarro
I was fortunate to serve in the Commerce City Council with Ruth.
As a new member she guided me and always shared her unbias wisdom with me.
I've always appreciated my years with Ruth.
She was one of a kind.
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B. Apodaca

Ruth was a positive role model from my childhood. She was kind and welcoming. A gracious and classy woman with a warm smile. Rest with the angels. M. Brisa Apodaca
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M. Brisa Apodaca

Barbara my heartfelt condolences. Your mother gave so much. Such a wonderful human being.
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Barbara Aldaco

To my beautiful mom
You have given me such beautiful years as a mother, grandmother, friend, and advisor. Now God carries you in his shoulders until it's time to fly with the Angel's. I love you so much and miss you dearly. But I'm so happy that you are no longer In pain, and you are free.
Your loving daughter
Always and forever
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