Naples woman recalls friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Reporter: Sydney Persing Writer: Jackie Winchester
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Credit: File via pool)

For the past 10 days, we’ve been remembering Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she impacted many people across the nation.

A Southwest Florida woman knew Ginsburg for 40 years, as her neighbor and decorator.

Bronwen Adams of Naples spoke with WINK News on her fondest memories and Ginsburg’s legacy.

Justice Ginsburg always found time to be just Ruth. That’s how her friend remembers her.

“She had good taste but she wasn’t extravagant,” Adams said.

She met Ginsburg when “RBG” needs an interior decorator. Their professional relationship grew into a friendship.

“When I walked into the Watergate for the first time and she wasn’t there, I could not describe it,” Adams said.

Yes, that Watergate, where Ginsburg lived on the first floor and Adams on the 11th. Sometimes, Ginsburg asked her friend for special favors.

“She goes, ‘Do you make tuna fish?’ ‘You mean with mayonnaise and celery?’ She goes ‘I would just love that.'”

Ginsburg returned those special flavors, too. Like offering to marry Adams’ fitness trainer to her girlfriend.

“She had cheesecake and champagne,” Adams recalled.

Now she thinks of what she hopes her Ruth knew.

“You are one of the most special people that I’ve ever had the privilege to know. And that I loved you.”

Adams said Ginsburg was always running out of room for all of her books. Her solution? Adams built a bookcase that wrapped around Ginsburg’s bedroom.

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