Allika Ruby of Winters died peacefully at home in the early hours of Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. She was 48.
Allika was born March 2, 1969, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, but grew up in the suburban southern California community of Woodland Hills. She attended Serrania Avenue grade school, Parkman Junior High, and graduated from Grover Cleveland magnet high school in 1986. She participated in an early 1980s desegregation plan designed to alleviate the harms of racial isolation. She studied prehistoric archaeology at UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis, where she earned a B.A. and M.A. degree, respectively.
She leaves behind many loving friends and colleagues from her productive, 25-year career, the last 20 years at Far Western Anthropological Research Group in Davis. Her most recent publication, as lead author, Salvaging the Past: A Case Study in Archaeological Inquiry, received the California’s Governor’s Historic Preservation Award in 2017.
Allika was foremost a loving and devoted mother and wife. Those fortunate to call her a friend remember her as an independent-minded, articulate advocate for fairness that extended to gender, racial, and economic equality.
She is survived by her husband of 15 years, Richard (Rick) T. Fitzgerald, Jr., and their daughter, Calla Rochelle Ruby. She is also survived by her parents, Richard M. Ruby and Jacqelen Ruben of Woodland Hills, and sister and brother-in-law, Keturah and Darrick Anderson of Temecula. Allika also leaves behind stepson Sean Fitzgerald, brother-in-law John Fitzgerald, nephews Dean Anderson and Joseph Fitzgerald, aunt Rochelle McAdam and cousin Pilar McAdam.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, from 1–5 p.m. at the Winters Community Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Calla Ruby Trust, which may be mailed in care of Michael Ramil, 4459 Bacon Court, Pleasanton, CA 94588.