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About 75 Lovettsville residents gathered on the Town Green on Saturday to honor the life of the woman 11-term mayor Elaine Dolores Walker, who died June 1.
The Walker family hosted a celebration of life ceremony, which was attended by past and present town, county and state leaders including Attorney General Mark Herring, former state Del. Joe T. May, Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens, lifelong town resident Fred George and Walker’s successor, former three-term mayor Bob Zoldos.
Herring, who began his public service career as Lovettsville’s town attorney, called walker a “dear friend.” Clemens said Walker was “humble,” “worthy,” “genuine,” “compassionate,” “impactful” and “a lady of grace.”
“Elaine found a way to bring people together for the common good of the community,” Clemens said.
Zoldos, whom George jokingly said Walker groomed for years to fill her shoes when she stepped down as mayor in 2012, lightened the mood by talking about what Walker did not care for. Those included the time in 2018 when the Town Council, under the direction of Zoldos, ceremonially renamed the town “Capitalsville” in honor of the Washington Capitals’ playoff run for the Stanley Cup; and the naming of the Squirkle—aresident nickname for the road …
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