Garner said she was “deeply touched” by the gestures, which usually come “after our life has ended.”
“It really fills my heart and I will carry this with me forever,” she said. “I’m just overwhelmed with joy.”
Fulton commissioners told Garner that they valued her friendship and her hard work on a number of topics, including the reduction of new cases of HIV.
“We want to show her the love she so richly deserves,” Fulton Commission Chairman John Eaves said during the commission meeting.
Garner was the Commissioner for District 4, which includes Midtown, and neighborhoods west of downtown Atlanta to Fulton Industrial Boulevard.
She is a native of Washington D.C. who made Atlanta her home in 1978. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of the District of Columbia and a master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Howard University.
Garner lived in the Historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood with her spouse, Fulton County State Court Judge Jane Morrison.
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