The late Jaquita Willis was recognized for her contributions to the community during a July 3 Oberlin city council meeting.
Councilwoman Sharon Soucy read a proclamation honoring Willis, who died June 15, as librarian at Lorain Admiral King High School and library supervisor for the Lorain and Elyria Schools.
Since 2000, she had been a library media specialist with the Strongsville Schools and a dedicated member of Rust United Methodist Church where she served in several capacities such as lay leader, treasurer, and communion steward.
One of her highest accomplishments occurred when she was honored by Oberlin College with the 2008 Award for Distinguished Service to the Community.
“Jaqui was and remains in our hearts a valued member of the Oberlin community. She was a model citizen who devoted her life to serving and who did so with an amazing spirit,” Soucy read. “(We) share in the sorrow of her death… and express to her family and friends, our heartfelt sympathy while remembering and appreciating with respect and affection Jaqui’s sense of joy and optimism and faith in the potential of human goodness.”
She ended the proclamation by adding a memory of her own.
“Jackie and I were in conversations encouraging her to run on this body,” she said. “She would have been a wonderful member of this organization and we miss her.”
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