Paper lilies adorned the chair Tuesday in which the late Leona Plaugh sat at Columbia City Council sessions for six years.
The decoration was part of a brief salute from City Hall staff and some council members to Plaugh, who died Sept. 28 after a two-year battle with a rare, aggressive cancer. She was 66.
Councilman Ed McDowell described her as a “passionate warrior. She immediately impressed me as a go-getter.”
Others said Plaugh’s knowledge of how City Hall works from her days as a top staff member and city manager was invaluable.
“I know her presence will be missed here,” Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine said.