On Sept. 27, the community was made aware of former Cambridge mayor, current city council member Marlys Palmer's death by Cambridge City Administrator Lynda Woulfe. 

In a press release, Woulfe announced Palmer's passing as well as some of her contributions to the community over the years.

"A custodian of our area’s rich history has been lost. Marlys Palmer, former mayor and current council member, has passed away. Marlys was first elected mayor in 1997 and took office in January 1998. She served as mayor for 20 years and was appointed to a vacancy on the Cambridge City Council in January 2019. She seemed to know everything about Cambridge’s past and generously shared that knowledge to help shape the city’s future.

No one can question Marlys’ commitment to the citizens of Cambridge. For over 20 years she exemplified public service. Her distinguished voice was always full of pride as she worked to make Cambridge a better place for its citizens. The citizens of Cambridge were always the foremost thought in her mind.

Marlys was a servant of the people. She strongly encouraged civic engagement and was passionate about citizens’ concerns always striving to find compromise and solutions. Marlys truly modeled kindness and integrity every day. Marlys will be truly missed but she will live on in our hearts and throughout the community as we use our parks, the Cambridge-Isanti Bike Trail, Cambridge Dog Park, Community Garden, and other special places she had a hand in.

We ask citizens and businesses to leave their porch light on in honor of Marlys on Monday, Oct. 7."

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