Memorial services held for late councilwoman Mary Morris

Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – Memorial services were held Friday for the late Lake Charles District A councilwoman Mary Morris. Hundreds were paying their final respects to a woman who was more than just a public servant.

Friends and family say Morris walked a road paved with challenges in both her political career and when it came to her health. Family praying by her side during her kidney transplant recovery in 2019 and most recently during her battle with COVID-19.

At the memorial, speakers shared her story and read poems to commemorate the 76-year-old.

“Lots of laughs, lots of memories, it helped us. It allowed some of the pain that was pressing to be lifted,” said Morris’ sister Gayle Sledge.

Sledge said her sister battled the virus for 13 days in the hospital before passing away. Morris was fully vaccinated. Her family and friends call Morris an advocate for the vaccine, telling anyone to get it, despite the complications she had.

“We’ve lost a lot of great people, Lake Charles, all over the country, all over the world,” said Morris’ colleague Corey Rubin. “It’s just a fight we have to stay in and get vaccinated, social distance, wear our masks.”

It’s a fight her friends say a warrior like Morris would want us all to continue.

“If you have any doubts or are fearful, consult with your doctor. Let them look at your health history and consult and advise you accordingly,” Sledge said.