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Longtime Lompoc community activist, volunteer dies at age 86

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Posted at 9:35 AM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 12:35:25-05

A former Lompoc City Councilmember and longtime community activist and volunteer died this month at the age of 86.

City officials say Ann Ruhge “was a well-known, passionate community volunteer and activist,” who served on the council from 2006-2010 and was also the Lompoc Library Commission Chairwoman.

She passed away Jan. 4.

Her legacy was remembered at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Mayor Jenelle Osborne said of Rughe, who had lived in Lompoc since 1994, “She contributed as soon as she arrived, almost, a lifetime of service to our community, and always gave her heart and soul to what she felt was best for Lompoc.”

Library Director Sarah Bleyl said, “Ann was very dedicated to the library and the city. She was involved in the community, and really thought Lompoc was a great place to be. Ann worked hard to make Lompoc even better.”