City Councilwoman Judy Barnett Dies
A founding member of incorporated Maryland Heights has died, according to fellow city councilmen.
A member of the Maryland Heights City Council who helped the city incorporate in its early days, has died. City Councilwoman Judy Barnett died Saturday, Feb. 5.
Barnett represented Maryland Heights’ Ward Two, along with Ed Dirck, according to the city’s website.
Councilman Chuck Caverly of Ward Three said he found out about Barnett’s passing after Mayor Mike Moeller called him Saturday afternoon. Moeller heard from Barnett’s husband, Caverly said, who then alerted the other city council members.
Caverly said Barnett was dedicated to Maryland Heights and had a lot of institutional knowledge. She did some great things with the department of parks and recreation, he said.
Councilman Jim Carver of Ward Four said she was a tremendous asset to the city.
“We wouldn’t have some of the things we have today if it wasn’t for her,” Carver said.
A phone call to city spokesperson Sara Berry was not immediately returned. An email from Berry said the city would release a statement early Monday morning.
Update, 9:34 a.m.: The City of Maryland Heights issued a press release saying Barnett died of a "prolonged illness." She served more than 17 years on the city council, according to the release. The city will hold a memorial service at the Maryland Heights Government Center on Feb. 14 at 11:00 a.m.