I woke up truly to some disturbing news as we lost a fearless, and strong community leader with the news of passing of Councilwoman Mary Morris. While I never truly got the chance to really sit down with her. I know that her presence was felt throughout the community as well as myself.
Mary was recently sworn in for a third term on Thursday, July 1 and was an avid representative and served the residents of District A from 2013 until her passing. Mayor Nic Hunter shared some very poignant words on the passing of Councilwoman Mary Morris.

“Ms. Morris was a true advocate for the residents of District A. On behalf of my wife, Becky, and my entire administration, we offer our sincere condolences to Ms. Morris’s family.” said Mayor Nic Hunter. “A regular face around City Hall, she actively engaged with City personnel to ensure the concerns of her constituents were addressed in a timely manner. She saw a number of projects to completion for her district, including the opening of Riverside Park and the reconstruction of its associated boat launch. We will continue to lift her family up in our prayers in the days and weeks ahead as we all mourn her untimely passing.”

President Rodney Geyen also shared some words on behalf of the Lake Charles City Council.

“Our community has suffered many losses in recent months, many of which have hit very close to home. The passing of Ms. Mary Morris has come as a shock. She has proudly represented and fought for the constituents of District A for the past eight years. Her presence and voice on the Council will be greatly missed. We offer our deepest sympathies to her family during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements are still pending at this moment and will be announced once they are made. We would like to say thank you to Councilwoman Morris for her years of dedication and support for the community. Thank you for being a beacon and a voice for those who were voiceless. On behalf of all of us here, we want to send condolences to her family and offer prayer and comfort during this time.

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