Funeral services have been set for a longtime Beaumont city councilwoman who passed away on Sunday morning.
Gethrel "Get" Williams-Wright,78, who served on the council for more than 10 years, passed away after being hospitalized due to shortness of breath.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2018, at McCabe Roberts Avenue United Methodist Church where Williams-Wright had been a longtime member.
Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont.
"It’s a sad day for Beaumont. 'Get' truly cared about the people she served. I will greatly miss her. Beaumont will miss her," Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames said of WIlliams-Wright in a statement to 12News Sunday.
Williams-Wright was first elected to the Beaumont City Council in May 2007 and was an advocate for the entire city according to her bio on the City of Beaumont website.
Her current term was up in May 2019.
"She was a very dear friend. This is a great loss for the community and she will be missed dearly," Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham told 12News Sunday morning.
A graduate of Beaumont's Charlton-Pollard High School, she described herself as a "home grown tomato" according to the bio.
She was elected twice to the position of Mayor Pro-Tem by her fellow council members and was active in the Texas Municipal League, National League of Cities, National Black Caucus-League of Elected Officials and the National Democratic Municipal Officials the bio said.
Williams-Wright retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1992 after working there for 33 years.
She and her late husband, Cornelius D. Williams, were the parents of five and the grandparents of four.
Full statement from City of Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames
Get and I developed a strong working relationship over the last ten plus years that turned into a close personal friendship.
We might not have always agreed on everything but we were able to move on to the next issue without allowing that to harm the personal relationship we had developed.
Unfortunately that doesn’t always happen in politics. I trusted Get.
She was a good friend to me on the City Council. We had a mutual respect for each other.
It’s a sad day for Beaumont. Get truly cared about the people she served.
I will greatly miss her. Beaumont will miss her.
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to her family and the many people that loved her.
God bless her, may she Rest In Peace.