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Midway Council Member Warfield dies


Leslie Elizabeth “Libby” Sharon Warfield was in her second term on the Midway City Council when she died Feb. 24 after a long battle with cancer.

She was 65. (See obituary on page 8)

Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said he thought Warfield would overcome the health problems that prevented her from attending council meetings the last few months. At the last several meetings, during the council’s moment of reflection after the Pledge of Allegiance, he asked attendees to keep her in their thoughts and prayers.

“She was probably the hardest-working person I ever worked with in government. No detail was too small, and you need that on city council, because she was kind of the person who would catch things before they fell through the cracks,” Vandegrift said. Warfield and Vandegrift differed on a number of issues during the three-plus years they served together, most notably his successful effort to pass a Fairness Ordinance in 2015.

“It’s funny. I don’t think you could find two people who were more diametrically opposed on the way they see the world, and we butted heads for that. But I think what people don’t realize is how much Libby and I talked,” he said. “I probably talked more to her than any other council member.”

Vandegrift saluted her work as chairman of the committee that, among other things, helped improve Midway Cemetery, where she was buriedWednesday.

“I’ve had a lot of people say that cemetery has never looked prettier, and she had a lot to do with that,” Vandegrift said.

Vandegrift said state law gives the council 30 days to appoint a replacement to serve the rest of Warfield’s term, which ends Dec. 31. Summing up their relationship, he said, “She made me a better mayor.”

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