updated 6/25/2009 5:54:11 PM ET 2009-06-25T21:54:11

A lack of money to cover funeral expenses for a community activist in Washington state has prompted her family and friends to raise money in a manner familiar to neighborhood organizations: They held a car wash and bake sale.

Moni Hoy, who once worked with Yolanda Ramos at a neighborhood safety program called Safe Streets, says Tuesday's fundraising efforts yielded about $1,100. The News Tribune of Tacoma says motorists contributed as much as $100 apiece.

Ramos, a 43-year-old single mother of seven, died June 16.

The family still needs about $1,300 to pay the $4,000 cost of a service and burial planned for Saturday.

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