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Mary Moriarty Adams in 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Mary Moriarty Adams, a staple in Indianapolis city politics for nearly three decades, has died.

The Democrat served on the City-County Council from 1988 through 2015 and worked for the Marion County Assessor’s Office for a decade. She decided not to run for re-election in 2015.

Mayor Joe Hogsett called the 64-year-old a “tireless worker” for her constituents and an ally for those in public safety. He referred to her as a “lifelong friend” who offered “unwavering loyalty and razor-sharp wit.”

Here’s his statement regarding her passing:

“Last night, our city lost a community leader and public servant who dedicated her life to making Indianapolis a better place.

“For nearly three decades as a City-County Councillor, Mary was a tireless worker on behalf of her constituents and proud advocate for the men and women of our public safety departments. But like so many others, she was more than that to me: Mary was a lifelong friend who freely offered the same unwavering loyalty and razor-sharp wit that she gave everyone in her life.

“I had the privilege to work alongside Mary on many issues over the years, and there was no one better to have at your side when it came time to roll up your sleeves and get things done. It was that grit and indomitable spirit that helped her improve the lives of those on the Eastside and bend the trajectory of Indianapolis toward greater heights for this and future generations. Her legacy of service has forever changed our city for the better.

“Steph and I offer our heartfelt condolences to the Moriarty family, and our thoughts are with them during this time of loss.”

The showing will be Friday, Sept, 14 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Little Flower Catholic Church. Mass will be held the following day, Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m., also at Little Flower Catholic Church.

Hogsett has declared Sept. 15 “Mary Moriarty Adams Day” in the city of Indianapolis in her honor.

City-County Council President Vop Osili also reacted to Adams’ death:

Mary Moriarty Adams was a remarkable woman and exemplary public servant. In almost 30 years of service as a City-County Councillor, she brought her unique blend of intelligence, courage, and grace to bear on everything she did.

Mary cared deeply about the east side neighborhoods she represented and for the city of Indianapolis, and left her mark on the Council as a gutsy ally, formidable foe, and generous colleague. My prayers are with Mary’s family and friends as they mourn her loss.

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