LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's news that came as a shock to many- Former Metro Councilwoman Dr. Judy Green dead at 57-years-old. Green's family said she suffered a heart attack overnight Tuesday.
Her service to the community included controversy, but throughout her time on the Metro Council, Green had much support especially from those living in her district.
They are qualities friends and family remember about Dr. Judy Green. "She was a heart-filled giving person," her daughter Joy said, "An angel to everybody."
The family said loved ones were at her bedside after her heart attack and they hope the community will remember what she accomplished. Barber Jesse Lindsay will. "She cared so much," Lindsay said, "And seeing how this community has changed, I think she did a good job."
But Green will also be remembered for controversy that came during her four year career on the Metro Council.
After being elected to represent District 1 in 2006, the Louisville Dentist was accused of ethics violations in 2010 and mishandling grant money. Many of the questions surrounded her Green Clean Team, a summer jobs program that Green's relatives allegedly made money in.
The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission eventually recommended that Green be removed, but Green had many supporters who signed petitions and urged the Metro Council to bypass that decision shouting in rallies that it was her constituents who elected her.
Green maintained her innocence and no one could ever accuse the dentist of giving up. In a 2011 interview Green told us, "I'm ready to fight tooth and nail."
Ultimately, she resigned in September of 2011 saying of the decision, "It's because of health issues and because I need to get my body back where it used to be."
Attica Scott replaced Green on the Metro Council.
"She's leaving a legacy in District 1," Scott told us of Green " She took care of the district and everyone I talked to whoever mentions Dr. Green only says good things about her." Scott added that from seniors to young people Green helped many in west Louisville.
In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Metro Council President Jim King said, "Green has served the people of her community for many years and was always a strong advocate for children. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Green family during this time of grief."
Officials at St. Stephen Baptist Church said Green's funeral will be held there at the church Saturday at 11 AM, but other details are still being worked out.
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