Former Marietta councilwoman Annette Lewis dies at 63

Former Marietta councilwoman Annette Lewis died Monday morning, the city announced on Facebook. She was 63.

Lewis represented Ward 1, which includes the civic center and the sixth grade academy, and served on the Marietta City School Board from 1994 to 2005 before she was on the council from 2006 to 2013.

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Lewis helped create the MCS sexual harassment policy for students in 1996.

A look through The Atlanta Journal-Constitution archives shows a woman who stood up for deliberative use of taxpayer money and at least once walked out of a school board meeting in protest.

Lewis stepped down from the school board after 12 years, and moved on to the city council in January 2006.

While seeking her third term in December 2013, she lost her seat by one vote, 142 to 141, after requesting a recount.

A city spokeswoman said Tuesday that the cause of death was not immediately known.

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“Annette was an extraordinary public servant because of her service to the Marietta community,” Mayor Steve Tumlin said in a news release from the city.

There will be a Celebration of Life gathering on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the family’s home on Fraiser Street.

The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the following organizations:

• Furkids Thrift Store in Marietta 

• Goodwill of North Georgia  

• Cobb County Humane Society 

• Duke University Lemur Center, c/o Office of Gift Records, Box 90581, Durham, NC, 27708-0581 

• American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123

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