Former Lansing city council member Sandy Allen died Tuesday, April 2. She served on the council for 16 years, losing her seat to Tina Houghton in 2009.
"Sandy's unflinching optimism and unsurpassed love and compassion for people from all walks of life set an example for all of us," said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero in a state released today.
"Few cared more and showed it more often than Sandy." the mayor also said.
She is remembered for being an active and community oriented council member. She painted houses for Habitat for Humanity, participated in trash pick-ups in her 2nd Ward and mentored students in Lansing school.
Councilwoman Carol Wood, who served with Allen, said today that she was "a pillar of the community, someone who epitomizes the values, professionalism and compassion of a true leader."
A lifelong resident of Lansing, Ms. Allen attended Eastern High school, Lansing Community College and Michigan Sate University.
She was a mother of three and grandmother of five.
Ms. Allen was considered to be one of the driving forces for the establishment of a Southside Community Center. A community room in the center will be named after her.